California Penal Code 647 B

Are you facing charges for prostitution? Violation of Penal Code 647(b) is a serious criminal offense that can result in harsh penalties. Prostitution is considered to be the oldest profession in the world, but that will not stop prosecturs from pursuing maximum penalties against you for your alleged violation. If convicted, you will become a lifetime inclusion on the sex offender’s registry list, which is accessible to anyone that owns a computer or a smart phone.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our OC sex crime attorneys have worked with those accused of giving and receiving sexual acts for payment. With over 40 years of combined experience assisting local offenders, you can count on a level of experience and skill that you cannot find anywhere else. Those facing sex crime charges in Southern California are invited to contact our office for a free case evaluation. There is no obligation to retain their services and you can speak with an attorney for up to one hour. Call (888) 250-2865 today to get started.


Penal Code 647 B Defined


Any individual who intentionally accepts, asks, or offers payment for sexual acts can be found guilty of Prostitution, a violation of Penal Code 647 B. There are three types of individuals who can be found guilty of violating PC 647. These are:


  • The Customer: Any individual who offers or accepts a solicitation to pay for sexual favors
  • The Prostitute: Any individual accepting or soliciting money to grant sexual favors
  • The Mediator: Any individual who arranges this exchange of sexual favors for money


In order to prosecute for Soliciting or Engaging in Prostitution, the state will need to provide evidence that you were guilty of:


  • Intentionally engaging in accepting an offer for prostitution
  • Intentionally accepting or soliciting money to engage in prostitution


Penalties for Violating 647B


The penalties or punishment for soliciting, engaging, or accepting prostitution is considered a misdemeanor penal code offense and those found guilty can face a minimum sentence of:


  • A fine of no more than $1000 and
  • Imprisonment in county jail for up to 6 months
  • A combination of a fine and imprisonment



Whether you were at the wrong place and the wrong time, or were setup to be observed as engaging in prostitution, the impact of such an offense can be humiliating. If the prostitute was underage, some offenders can be charged with violating PC 261.5 in addition to their current charges. Working with an experienced defense team can help with proving your innocence and dismissing whatever offenses you are facing.


If you are facing disorderly conduct charges for Penal Code 647 (b), you may need assistance from an experienced attorney. Once a prostitution conviction is on your record, there is very little that anyone can do to keep you off of California sex offender’s registry list. Don’t wait until it is too late, contact our law offices to receive a free consultation and find out what your options are.

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