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Supervising or Aiding a Prostitute

Supervising or Aiding a Prostitute – Penal Code 653.23 PC

California Penal Code 653.23 PC makes it a crime for anyone to direct, supervise, recruit, or assist someone else to commit prostitution, solicitation, loiter with the intent to commit prostitution activity.

Further, this statute also applies to anyone who receives money that was acquired by another person in a prostitution related activity.

PC 653.23 is a misdemeanor crime that is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.00.

This sex crime is closely related to the infamous pimping and pandering felony charges defined under California Penal Code 266h and 266i PC.

This misdemeanor statute is a common tool used by law enforcement and prosecutors as the burden of proof is lower than a felony pimping and pandering case.

Supervising or Aiding a Prostitute – Penal Code 653.23

Put simply, this law is used more regularly due to the fact it makes it easier for police to make arrest for prostitution activity, which is one of the primary reasons the law was enacted in the first place.

A common example includes a situation where someone operates a massage parlor that does provide actual massages.

However, much of the money they receive is related to prostitution from the people work there.

The operator of the parlor could be prosecuted for violating Penal Code 653.23 supervising and aiding a prostitute because she received profits from prostituting activity at her business.

For more detailed information, our California sex crime defense attorneys are reviewing the law below.

Defining PC 653.23 Supervising a Prostitute

This sex crime statute makes it a crime to do any of the following acts:

  • Supervise, recruit, or help another person to commit solicitation of prostitution, or loiter for the purpose of prostitution;
  • Receive or collect money from a person who earned it though committing prostitution activity;

“Prostitution” is generally described as two people committing lewd acts in exchange for money or other forms of compensation.

“Loitering to commit prostitution” is generally described as lingering around in public with the specific intent to commit prostitution related activity.

Some common examples that police and prosecutors use to show you were supervising or aiding a prostitute in violation of Penal Code 653.23 PC include:

  • repeated attempts to communicate with known prostitutes;
  • circling the area in a car and repeatedly beckons prostitutes;
  • repeatedly communicates with someone loitering for prostitution;
  • monitors prostitutes who are loitering to commit prostitution;
  • appears to receive money from someone who is prostituting;
  • behavior likely showing aiding prostitute in known area;
  • they are known to engage in behavior above within last 6 months;
  • they have a related conviction within past 5 years.

The related prior convictions include prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, loitering for the purpose of prostitution, pimping and pandering, lewd conduct in public, and any other related sex offense.


If you are convicted of the misdemeanor crime of Penal Code 653.23 supervising or aiding a prostitute, you are facing up to six months in a county jail, and a fine up to $1,000.

What are the Related California Offenses?

There are several crimes that are closely related to PC 653.23 supervising a prostitute, including:

What Are You Facing if Charged with Supervising or Aiding and Abetting Prostitution?

California Penal Code 653.23 is a serious crime. The prosecutors, police and judges view this as someone who is almost akin or the same as a pimp, and of course, pimping and pandering will bring you a 3-year mandatory minimum prison sentence. 

So, if that gives you any idea, you're facing custody time. You're facing:

  • probation or prison;
  • stigma on your record for prostitution activity;
  • you're connected potentially to pimping and pandering;
  • you may even end up having to register as a sex offender.

All these above of course depend on what you ultimately plead guilty to, and how the prosecutors and judges view you related to your crime case, your criminal record.

Anything that you can do to turn the tides is going to be crucial if you're charged with this very serious Penal Code Section 653.23. 

Retain the Best Defense Lawyer

My first suggestion to you is, hire the best attorney you can because your attorney will be your champion. Your attorney will tell your side of the story -- tell who you are.

If the prosecutors are not treating you fairly, if the police did a sloppy one-sided investigation, there's only one person that can point that out effectively and get you the result that you deserve, and that's your criminal defense attorney.

I've been handling these prostitution-related offenses now for 27 years. I've been a criminal defense attorney representing people just like you since 1994. So, you've definitely come to the right place.

We've got to get a plan of attack. The first thing we do is we meet and talk about your case. We figure out what the approach is going to be.

Is it going to be one where we're going to defend the case all the way -- investigate it, set it up to try to win it at a jury trial -- or do the prosecutors have good evidence against you we need to negotiate?

Preparation of a Mitigation Package

If it is time to negotiate, then we need to put together a mitigation package on your behalf, specifically designed for you that takes into account all of the good things about you. 

We get character letters and we let the prosecutors know your side of the story. 

Sometimes that's what's needed in these criminal defense cases when someone's charged with any type of aiding and abetting prostitution, supervising a prostitute, pimping and pandering.

Criminal Defense Lawyer for Aiding a Prostitute Charges in California

Sometimes the prosecutors don't have the full story. Maybe the woman is working for herself and you're just tangentially connecting. 

They really shouldn't be charged with a crime. Regardless of you, she's going to be doing what she's doing, so it's not fair to try to blame you for it. 

That could be a defense, depending on whether the facts are there to support that.

So, step one is to meet and get a strategy together.  Step two is to execute a plan to get you the best result, and that plan could be getting your case ready for trial or it could be negotiating a case. 

But, you've got to have someone who has experience on your side who can fight for you and who can get you the result that you deserve.

Pick up the phone now.  Ask to speak with Ron Hedding.  Ask for a meeting.  I stand at the ready to help you.

Hedding law firm is based in Los Angeles County with two office locations, including 2049 Century Park E #2525 Los Angeles, CA 90067.

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