Prostitution is defined as sex in exchange for money or something of value.
Patronizing prostitution (also referred to as “solicitation of prostitution”) is
agreeing to engage in sex for money. The mere offer or the agreement is enough
to complete the crime. Patronizing prostitution is a misdemeanor crime
in California. Sex includes sexual intercourse or a lewd act, defined
as the touching of genitals, buttocks or female breast of either the prostitute
or customer, with some part of another's body for sexual gratification
In California, patronizing prostitution (solicitation of prostitution)
is prosecuted under Penal Code Section 647(b) and the prosecution must
prove a person agreed with or solicited another to engage in the act of
prostitution. In California, patronizing prostitution is punishable by
up to 180 days in county jail and a fine of up to $1000. First-time offenders
are generally not facing jail time, rather a fine and some community service.
In Los Angeles county, first-time offenders, with no prior criminal record,
can earn a dismissal of the charges upon successful completion of a county
program. Second and third convictions for patronizing prostitution carry
a minimum sentence of 30 to 45 days in county jail. There is no sex registration
requirement for any of these convictions. If you or someone you know is
being charged with patronizing prostitution consult with an experienced
prostitution defense attorney to learn about your legal options.