If you’ve been arrested for prostitution or solicitation, it’s important to remember that you have rights, and protecting them starts with a call to a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney. The California Penal Code is complex, and not all California counties handle cases the same way. Additionally, anything you say to the police can be used against you, making it all the more important to speak to a lawyer.At Ridley Defense, we’ve helped hundreds of people over the past 25 years defend their rights, lives and future freedoms. We serve clients throughout Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, and Southern California, and have the skill, background and good rapport with law enforcement that give our clients the edge they need to fight the charges against them.
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When people think of sex crimes — also called sex offenses — they usually think of major felonies such as rape or sexual assault. Not all sexual offenses, however, are felonies. There are some offenses that are misdemeanors and are penalized by fines and/or jail sentences instead of state prison. Nevertheless, these charges deserve to be fought just as much as felonies if the alleged offender has been wrongfully accused.
Two of the most common sex crime misdemeanors are prostitution and solicitation. California Penal Code § 647(b) states that anyone who solicits or agrees to engage in any act of prostitution is guilty of a misdemeanor. This applies to someone who solicits or agrees to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money, or someone who offers or agrees to pay someone in exchange for sexual acts.
If you have been accused of prostitution or solicitation, defense strategies may be available. For example, agreeing to engage in sexual acts without monetary compensation is not prostitution or solicitation. If nothing was given in exchange and the act was out of pure consent, no conviction can be made.
Helping you fight the charges against you and securing the best possible outcome is the primary goal of Ridley Defense. When you hire attorney Douglas H. Ridley, you’re putting 20 years of criminal defense experience in your corner. His previous experience as the Ventura County Deputy District Attorney means you will have additional insight into how prosecutors think so you can anticipate the prosecution’s next move.
Mr. Ridley’s experience is only part of what makes him a top-rated criminal defense attorney in California. He’s received numerous awards and accolades including the Moorpark “Hometown Hero” Award Winner and was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2017 and 2018 through a peer nomination and evaluation process.
He is not only well-respected by his peers and clients but also by law enforcement and judges throughout Southern California.
Contact Ridley Defense today for a complimentary consultation to determine whether or not you have a case. We have represented thousands of criminal defense cases and are fully capable of fighting for you. Contact us online or call (805) 208-1866 to reach any of our California offices.