Dismissed! Willfully and Unlawfully Keeping a Disorderly House for the Purpose of Prostitution (Penal Code § 316) Charges Dismissed Per Penal Code § 1385, In the Interests of Justice!

Recently at the Van Nuys Courthouse in Los Angeles County I was able to negotiate a Penal Code Section 1385 dismissal in the interests of justice for our client charged with a misdemeanor count of violating Penal Code section 316 (“Willfully and Unlawfully Keeping a Disorderly House for the Purpose of Prostitution”).

Our client is the manager of a motel and was arrested after he rented a room to undercover officers posing as people renting the room for the purpose of prostitution.

The police reports provided a narrative from the undercover officer summarizing his interaction with our client. According to the police report, it appeared clear that our client had been made aware that one of the undercover officers was posing as a prostitute.

However, what the officer described in his written report was not consistent with the video footage our client provided us. Our office then provided the prosecution with this video footage and a mitigation package detailing our client’s good character.

At the final appearance date on the case, the prosecution dismissed the charges in the interests of justice (Penal Code section 1385) after considering the footage and mitigation package provided by our office.

We can help you now! Call now for a free telephonic consultation at 626.577.7700!


The information in this blog post (“post”) is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from Escovar Law, APC or the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this Post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction. The information on this website is a communication and is for informational purposes only. The facts of every case are unique and nothing on this page or on this website should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information on this website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship and viewing of this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. The result portrayed in this advertisement was dependent on the facts of this case. Results will differ if based on different facts.