It is a crime in the State of California to engage in prostitution. Listed below are some of the crimes associated with prostitution.
1. Prostitution is committed when a person willfully engaged in sexual intercourse or a lewd act with someone else in exchange for money or other compensation.
2. Soliciting another person to engage in prostitution is committed when the person solicit that another person engage in an act of prostitution and the person intended to engage in an act of prostitution with the other person and the other person received the communication containing the request.
3. Agreeing to engage in prostitution is committed when a person agreed to engage in an act of prostitution with someone else, intended to engage in an act of prostitution with that person, and did something to further the commission of an act of prostitution.
Prostitution, soliciting another person to engage in prostitution, and agreeing to engage in prostitution are misdemeanor offenses. If a person has a prior conviction for any of the above crimes, the minimum sentence is 45 days in county jail. If a person has two or more prior convictions for any of the above crimes, the minimum sentence is 90 days in county jail.
A court may suspend the driving privileges of a person for up to 30 days for a conviction of engaging or soliciting prostitution committed within 1,000 feet of a private residence and with the use of a vehicle.
4. Loitering for prostitution is committed when a person delayed or lingered in a public place, did not have a lawful purpose for being there, and intended to commit prostitution.
Loitering for prostitution is a misdemeanor.