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What Are the Penalties for Prostitution in New York?

September 26, 2014 New York Lawyers

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.

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