This blog has been covering the more heinous crimes of pimps and human traffickers who have been arrested and harshly sentenced to many long years in prison. But what about the average Joe Blow (aka johns) who hooks up with an escort or prostitute and gets arrested? While their first offense is a misdemeanor, penalties increase exponentially for each subsequent arrest, and can lead to felonies and long prison sentences to join the worst pimps and human traffickers in prison.
Just recently in January 2015, four johns were convicted of agreeing to engage in prostitution in Orange County, CA.
Aaron Anthony Argueta, 20, Los Alamitos
Wilmer Mijango Calderon, 28, Santa Ana
Rigoberto Jimenez Mendez, 31, Santa Ana
Ernest Reynolds Norton, 62, Santa Ana
The defendants above each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Argueta and Mendez were each sentenced to three years informal probation and 20 days of community service in lieu of jail. Norton pleaded guilty to a court offer and was sentenced to one year informal probation and five days of community service in lieu of jail. Calderon pleaded guilty to a court offer and was sentenced to one year informal probation and a fine of $100 plus penalty assessments. All defendants must also submit to AIDS testing and education. Some defendants must also submit to DNA testing and were required to donate up to $300 to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.
While their first offense is a misdemeanor, their next offense will continue to get more severe. Police use sophisticated tactics, like spy cameras, monitoring emails/phone records/internet accounts, using escort review websites, seizing and accessing computers and cell phones, and interrogating pimps, bookers, and escorts to not only identify all customers and workers involved in the prostitution ring, but also get the full count of activity where each visit to the prostitute becomes a separate and distinct prostitution charge.
This website shows the penalties in Orange County, CA for soliciting prostitutes.
- First solicitation offense: Up to 6 months in county jail, and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
- Second solicitation offense: Minimum of 45 days in a county jail.
- Third solicitation offense: Minimum of 90 days in a county jail.
In addition to these penalties, if you committed the offense while using a car and within 1,000 feet of a residence, the court may suspend your driver’s license for up to 30 days, or issue you a restricted license for up to 6 months.
Keep in mind this is probably one of the more lenient sentences. In many parts of America, the third or fourth prostitution solicitation offense is usually a felony with prison sentences for one year or more.