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VEntura Criminal Defense Attorney- Prostitution  – Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense, p.c. 


Ventura is a California coastal city, northwest of Los Angeles. It’s known for its beaches, bars, and surfing spots. Downtown Main Street attracts thousands of tourists through its nightlife and festivals. If you add all of these aspects together, it is the perfect storm for prostitution.

If you have been arrested for “prostitution”, it does not mean that you are guilty. It’s important to vigorously fight a “prostitution” charge because a criminal conviction will stay on your record and can adversely affect job and educational opportunities down the road.

As a former Prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Offices in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties, Sanford Horowitz and his legal team will offer you a free consultation, investigate the evidence against you, and recommend practical steps to achieve the best possible results in your case. Call us today at (805) 749-5670.


California continues to crack the whip on prostitution, with high-profile arrests making the headlines regularly. The charge is broadly referred to as the act of having sex with another person in exchange for compensation of some kind. In Lompoc, you can face criminal charges for soliciting or engaging in prostitution. You can be charged with a crime of prostitution under California Penal Code 647(b) PC  if you:

  • Agree to engage in prostitution with someone else
  • Intend to actually engage in the act
  • Further the commission of the prostitution by taking some other act beyond the agreement

The last element is often in dispute. Simply saying “yes” is not enough. Some other act is required. For example:

  • Withdrawing money from an ATM machine
  • Telling the other person to undress
  • Taking your clothes off
  • Driving to a location to meet the person for sex or other lewd behavior

While each of these offenses are different, they all have the same outcome. The prosecutor handling your case will be required to establish that you participated in an agreement to exchange sexual acts for compensation.   Examples of a California Penal Code 647(B) violation include:

  • You offer drugs to a woman in exchange for a “blow job” (even if she is not a prostitute and she says “no”).
  • A woman allows you to fondle her breasts in exchange for money.
  • A police officer accepts your offer to have sex in exchange for not writing you a traffic ticket.


Under California law, when a prostitute and a customer engage in sexual intercourse or lewd acts, both are engaged in an “act of prostitution.” Lewd sexual acts are defined to include touching the genitals, buttocks, or female breast of either the prostitute or client…for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification. This means that for prostitution, sex is broadly defined to include:

  • Sexual Intercourse
  • Oral Sex
  • Anal Sex
  • Sexual Touching


Compensation does not necessarily mean that money has to exchange hands. Instead, compensation can include anything of value to you, including:

  • Drugs
  • Stolen Merchandise
  • Forged Money
  • Important Documents
  • Government Welfare Notes


  • California’s “pimping and pandering” laws, Penal Code 266h and Penal Code 266i, or Solicitation and prostitution are misdemeanors, not felonies. The exact punishment of a defendant depends on a few factors, such as where the violation occurred and whether this is the defendant’s first offense.
    • First offense is punishable with any combination of:
      • Maximum of six months in a county jail (not a state prison)
      • A maximum fine of $1,000
    • A second offense is punishable with:
      • A mandatory minimum of 45 days in county jail (not a state prison)
    • Third and subsequent offenses are punishable with any combination of:
      • A mandatory minimum of 90 days in county jail (not a state prison)
    • California’s “pimping and pandering” laws, Penal Code 266h and Penal Code 266i, or
    • “Supervising or aiding” a prostitute,  Penal Code 653.23 PC6
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