Patronizing a Prostitute

Every criminal accusation can result in stigma or embarrassment. While people are often more accepting of others charged with white collar crimes, those accused of offenses in New York relating to Prostitution, Escort Services, Solicitation or Patronizing a Prostitute often get the short end of the stick. New York criminal defense attorneys know this all too well.

While Prostitution, pursuant to New York Penal Law section 230.00 is more often associated with women, men often find themselves charged with Solicitation or Patronizing a Prostitute pursuant to New York Penal Law 230.04. In fact, it is far from atypical for the police to set up a sting where a female detective approaches a man in a Manhattan or Brooklyn street or a Queens or Bronx bar. Beyond these stings, those accused of Patronizing a Prostitute are arrested in hotel rooms from White Plains in Westchester County to luxury suites in New York City. These stings are usually set up with a fake advertisement on Craigs List or Backpage. Again, regardless of how you were arrested, the crime of Patronizing a Prostitute is what you will likely face.

In general terms, one is guilty of Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree (NY PL 230.04) when one solicits or pays another to engage in sexual conduct. It should be clear that the statute is satisfied by mere solicitation and the actual payment need not be completed. Patronizing a Prostitute in the Third Degree is an "A" misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Compounding matters, if the alleged prostitute is under the age of 14 or 11, you will face the "E" or "D" felony charges of New York Penal Law sections 230.05 and 230.06 respectively. Patronizing a Prostitute in the Second Degree is punishable by up to four years in prison while Patronizing a Prostitute in the First Degree is punishable by up to seven years in state prison.

For further information on the crimes of Prostitution, Patronizing a Prostitute and Escort Services, please review the New York Prostitution and Escort Services section of our website. For a review of legal decisions, an assessment of "sexual conduct," recent cases and other issues, please review the New York Prostitution and Escort Services section of Crotty Saland PCs newyorkcriminallawyer-blog.com.

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