Crimes against the prostitution are codified in New York State Penal Law Article 230. These laws are targeted at prostitutes and their pimps, as well as the people who patronize prostitutes. If you find yourself accused of any prostitution-related crime, working with a skilled criminal defense attorney can help you protect your reputation and your rights.
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A person is guilty of prostitution when the person “engages or agrees to offer to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee.” Prostitution is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. It is worth noting that it is not necessary for sexual conduct to be initiated or completed for this charge to be filed. A person can be convicted of prostitution just by agreeing to engage in sexual conduct for a fee.
When it comes to allegations of patronizing prostitution, there are three degrees of charges. The degree of patronizing a prostitute that a person can be charged with depends on the age of the prostitute. As per the New York penal code, “a person patronizes a prostitute when:
Pursuant to the penal code, a “person who is patronized” means the person with whom the accused person engaged in sexual conduct or was to have engaged in sexual conduct pursuant to the understanding of the person who was solicited or requested by the defendant to engage in sexual conduct.
In addition to prostitution and patronizing prostitution charges, there are also charges for “promoting prostitution.” These set of laws are made to target pimps. As the person’s role in the organization increases (such as if he’s a “manager” of an organization that promotes prostitution) the degree of promoting prostitution can rise. The same is true as the age of the prostitute is lowered:
In addition, there are more serious charges which can include “sex trafficking.”
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