The penalties for prostitution crimes vary widely, depending on what types of crime has occurred. New York prosecutors and law enforcement officials tend to aggressively investigate prostitution-related crimes. Being charged with a prostitution crime can be devastating to not only the individuals charged, but also to their families.
Some of the prostitution related crimes, and their penalties, include:
– Prostitution. Prostitution in New York is defined as engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct with another person for a fee. Prostitution is a B misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.
– Patronizing a Prostitute. Patronizing a prostitute is defined as soliciting or paying another to engage in sexual conduct. Police often set up stings intended to catch people, mostly men, patronizing a prostitute. Patronizing a prostitute is normally a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in jail, but if the prostitute is under the age of 14 or 11, you will face much more serious charges.
– Promoting Prostitution. Promoting prostitution involves causing or aiding another person to engage in prostitution (such as a pimp). The level of punishment for promoting prostitution can be a low level misdemeanor, all the way up to a class B felony, depending on whether underage minors are involved, and whether the prostitution is being coerced.
– Permitting Prostitution. Permitting prostitution occurs when a person knows that their premises are being used for prostitution, but fail to prevent it. Permitting prostitution is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail.