New York City Prostitution Attorney

Prostitution is a fairly common charge in New York City. Depending on the specific set of circumstances surrounding an alleged incident, prostitution charges can result in convictions ranging anywhere from a Class B Misdemeanor all the way up to a Class B Felony. A felony conviction can result in huge fines, lengthy periods of incarceration, difficulties obtaining housing and employment, and invisible but nonetheless painful damages to interpersonal relationships. Though smaller in comparison, a misdemeanor conviction can wreak long-lasting financial and emotional havoc.

If you have been accused of prostitution or related charges in New York City, you need to retain a compassionate and experienced New York City prostitution attorney immediately. Attempting to defend yourself before an aggressive, highly-trained prosecuting attorney is all but guaranteed to result in an extremely poor outcome. But with Dietrich P. Epperson on your side, you can rest easy. For years, Dietrich P. Epperson has reached successful outcomes for New Yorkers facing even the most serious accusations. Arrange for a free and confidential legal consultation online, or call (347) 561-0025 today.

Prostitution

Prostitution and its related charges are handled by Article 230 of the New York Penal Law. The crime of prostitution itself is not broken down into differing degrees of severity — instead, there is one blanket offense, simply called prostitution. Under Article 230, “A person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee.” Prostitution is considered a Class B Misdemeanor, which in New York is punishable by a fine of up to $500, and up to three months in prison.

It should be noted that if prostitution occurs in a school zone, the offense increases to a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000, and a sentence of up to a year in prison.

Patronizing a Prostitute

Unlike the act of prostitution, patronizing a prostitute is categorized into varying degrees.

3rd Degree

As defined by Article 230, “A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute in the third degree when he or she patronizes a prostitute.” Patronizing a prostitute in the 3rd Degree is a Class A Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $1,000, and a sentence of up to a year in prison.

2nd Degree

It is considered patronizing a prostitute in the 2nd Degree when the patron is older than 18 years of age, and the prostitute is younger than 14 years of age. This is a Class E Felony, which is punishable by up to four years in prison.

1st Degree

It is considered patronizing a prostitute in the 1st Degree when the prostitute is younger than 11 years of age, regardless of the age of the patron. This is a Class D Felony, which in New York is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Promoting Prostitution

3rd Degree

There are three possible scenarios in which an individual may be charged with promoting prostitution in the 3rd Degree.

  1. When an individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances through the management, control, supervision, or ownership of a house of prostitution, or a prostitution enterprise consisting of two or more prostitutes.
  2. When an individual knowingly operates a travel agency geared toward the explicit purpose of patronizing a prostitute, even if prostitution is legal in that jurisdiction. 
  3. When an individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances from a prostitute who is less than 19 years of age.

Promoting prostitution in the 3rd Degree is a Class D Felony in the state of New York, and is punishable by up to seven years of prison, with a mandatory minimum of four years in prison.

2nd Degree

There are also three possible scenarios in which an individual may be charged with promoting prostitution in the 2nd Degree.

  1. When one individual compels another individual to perform acts of prostitution through intimidation or coercion.
  2. When one individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances from another individual who has been intimidated or coerced into prostitution.
  3. When an individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances from a prostitute who is less than 16 years of age.

Promoting prostitution in the 2nd Degree is a Class C Felony in the state of New York, and is punishable by up to 15 years of prison, with a mandatory minimum of six years in prison.

1st Degree

Under Section 230, an individual commits promoting prostitution in the 1st Degree when that individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances from a prostitute who is less than 11 years of age.

Promoting prostitution in the 1st Degree is categorized as a Class B Felony by the state of New York, and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of six years.

If you are facing allegations of prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, or promoting prostitution, you need an experienced New York City prostitution attorney on your side. Contact Dietrich P. Epperson online, or call (347) 561-0025. Don’t wait — call today.

 

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