Permitting Prostitution

You have an apartment that you rent, but do not reside in. You know your tenant is seeing clients in the apartment and offering and/or engaging in some form of prostitution or escort related service. Maybe you were unaware when your tenant signed the lease, but now that you know you have made no attempts to stop it.  In the alternative, you assisted setting up an apartment where you absolutely know prostitution or some sexual conduct will occur there. Maybe you get a “cut”” of the money or maybe you don’t. Either way, you may be guilty of a crime even though you are not personally engaged in the prostitution, but merely permit it to occur in your apartment without making attempts to stop it.

According to New York State Penal Law §230.40, Permitting Prostitution, when a person, having possession or control of a premises which he or she knows is being used for prostitution purposes, fails to make reasonable efforts to halt or abate such use, that person is guilty of Permitting Prostitution.

Permitting Prostitution is a class “B” misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days jail. Although it is not a felony, it is possible that your conduct may rise to the level of Promoting Prostitution. If your actions are punishable as Promoting Prostitution, you may face not only a felony, but mandatory state prison of up to 25 years.

It should be overwhelming clear that if you are involved in these activities, you are being investigated, or you have been arrested, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Don’t compound an already bad situation by hiring inexperienced counsel. As a former prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert Morgenthau, Jeremy Saland is available to walk you through the process, answer your questions, and most importantly, aggressively fight for your rights, liberty and integrity.

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