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PC 315 Keeping a house of Prostitution | Fresno DWI Attorney | Sex Crimes Defense Attorney

PC 315 Keeping or living in a house of prostitution:

Every person who keeps a house of ill-fame in this state, resorted to for the purposes of prostitution or lewdness, or who willfully resides in such house, is guilty of a misdemeanor;  and in all prosecutions for keeping or resorting to such a house  common repute may be received as competent evidence of the character of the house, the purpose for which it is kept or used, and the character of the women inhabiting or resorting to it.

What elements must be proved to be convicted or PC 315?

1.  Defendant kept a house of ill-fame resorted to for the purpose of prostitution or lewdness.


2. Defendant willfully resided in a house of il-fame resorted to for the purpose of prostitution.

What is a house of Ill-fame?

Blacks law dictionary defines "Ill-fame" as:

Evil repute; notorious Bad character. Houses of prostitution, gaming houses, and other such disorderly places are called "houses of 111 fame," and a person who frequents them is a person of ill fame. See Boles v. State, 4G Ala. 20G. Law Dictionary:

If you are convicted of PC 315 you may face licensing issues:

Many licensing boards will revoke, suspend, or decline to issue certain licenses if you have a conviction for violating PC 315.  An Expungement of a prior conviction may assist in gaining a new license upon review. The most common types of license that are affected appear to be acupuncture, massage parlors, and various adult entertainment licenses.

Will I go to Prison if I am convicted of living in or operating a hose of ill-repute or ill-fame, also known as a house of prostitution?

The maximum sentence for this offense is 180 days in county jail.  However, there are various other charges that may be applicable to many people who also face this charge, so be aware that charges can be amended.

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