New York Prostitution
Prostitution and other sex crimes are on the rise not only in New York, but also around the United States. A New York Prostitution Lawyer will tell you that prostitution (New York Penal Code 230) involves agreeing to engage in sexual conduct with another person for money. It is important to be aware that patronizing prostitution is a serious crime as well. If the prostitute involved is under the age of 17, the defendant can be guilty of a sex crime and must register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). If you have been charged with prostitution, or other related sex crime such as child sex abuse (New York Penal Code Section 130.65), indecent exposure, lewd conduct (New York Penal Code 245) or child molestation, it is important to seek the advice and guidance from a New York Prostitution Lawyer from our team. You may be facing serious penalties that can include jail time, fines, probation, and the requirement to register as a sex offender.
The crime of prostitution is set forth in New York Penal Code 230.. This crime is defined as engaging or agreeing to, or offering to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for money. This crime is classified as a B misdemeanor, and can be punishable by three months in jail.
A dedicated New York Sex Crime Lawyer from the offices of Stephen Bilkis and Associates will also tell you that patronizing or promoting a prostitute are also crimes. Patronizing is either paying or agreeing to pay a prostitute or third party in exchange for any sexual act. These charges can often arise from a “sting operation” set up by law enforcement. Police may persuade a male to agree to pay for a sexual act. When the male arrives at the designated location, he will be arrested. These charges not only bring potentially serious legal consequences; they may also be humiliating to the accused. Often these individuals have no prior police record and are upstanding citizens in the community. Promoting or patronizing can be either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the age of the prostitute. If the defendant is found guilty of patronizing prostitution and the defendant is over 18 years old and the prostitute is under 11, or 14, the punishment will be much more severe. This also holds true if the crime was committed in a school zone, where children could see the act.
There are several defenses available for this charge. If the prostitute was under 11 or under 14, and the defendant did not have reason to believe they were that young, the defendant may assert this as a defense (New York Penal Law 230.07, 230.10).
Prostitution generally is considered a class B misdemeanor and punishable by up to 3 months in jail, and a fine of $500. If the crime is committed in a school zone, it raises to a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
If the prostitute was under 14, it is considered a class E felony and is punishable by a 4-year prison term and a $5,000 fine. If the prostitute was under 11 years old it is a class D felony and is punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a $5,000 fine (New York Penal Law 230.00) Also if the prostitute was under the age of 14 years old, it is required that they register as a sex offender (New York Cor. Law 168-A)
If you have been charged with a sex crime such as solicitation (New York Penal Code 100), spousal rape, an internet sex crime (New York Penal Code 288.3), or sexual abuse, it is important to seek legal guidance right away with an experienced New York Sex Crime Attorney from Stephen Bilkis and Associates. We can discuss possible defense strategies with you. A sex crime conviction can have life altering consequences, and can affect your relationships, home life and employment. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, as well as Westchester County. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Call us today at 800.696.9529 to schedule your free consultation.