Misdemeanor Penal Code section 316 “Keeping Disorderly House for the Purpose of Prostitution” Charge Dismissed and Negotiated to an Infraction Violation of Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 41.49 (“Failure to Maintain Proper Hotel Record”) No Jail, only F

Recently at the Van Nuys Courthouse in Los Angeles County I was able to negotiate a plea to one infraction charge of “Failing to Maintain Proper Hotel Record” in violation of Los Angeles Municipal Code section 41.49 for an incident in which our client allegedly rented a hotel room to undercover vice officers who stated that the room would be rented for purposes of prostitution.

Our client was originally charged with a misdemeanor Penal Code section 316 offense – “Keeping Disorderly House for the Purpose of Prostitution.”

According to Penal Code section 316,

“Every person who keeps any disorderly house, or any house for the purpose of assignation or prostitution, or any house of public resort, by which the peace, comfort, or decency of the immediate neighborhood is habitually disturbed, or who keeps any inn in a disorderly manner; and every person who lets any apartment or tenement, knowing that it is to be used for the purpose of assignation or prostitution, is guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Our client has a career aspiration of owning his own hotel and a conviction for the above-mentioned offense would have a disastrous impact on his reputation and career goals.

Our office presented a mitigation package to the prosecution showing that our client had no prior criminal history, had excellent reviews as a manager at his Inn and had multiple letters of recommendation in which people attest to our client’s high moral character and a commitment to volunteering in the community.

We were able to negotiate with the prosecution to dismiss the misdemeanor charge related to prostitution and to allow our client to plead to an infraction for failing to maintain proper records.

With this result, our client’s reputation is better protected for his future career aspirations!


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