Arrested For Patronizing A Prostitute Or Related Charges?

Contact Bronx Prostitution Defense Attorney Jason A. Steinberger

Being arrested for patronizing a prostitute or facing a similar charge can be embarrassing, overwhelming, inconvenient, and stressful. It can also have long-term consequences on your life, including fines, prison time, a mar on your record, issues with your career, issues with your social standing, and issues with your personal relationships. Because of these serious consequences, it is vital to find a New York City criminal defense attorney who can help you secure the best result possible based on the facts of your case.

At the Law Offices of Jason A. Steinberger, we understand that your reputation and some important aspects of your future may be riding on your case, and we have the knowledge and experience to make certain that you are treated fairly under the law. We handle a number of different cases related to New York prostitution charges, including:

  • Prostitution
  • Patronizing a prostitute
  • Solicitation of a prostitute
  • Promoting prostitution
  • Permitting prostitution
  • Compelling prostitution
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sex offenses (such as rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, and forcible touching)
  • Money laundering
  • Falsifying business records

We invite those who have been charged with a crime related to prostitution to learn about your rights and your legal options today. To schedule a free, confidential appointment with attorney Jason A. Steinberger, call our team today at (718) 585-2833.

Patronizing A Prostitute: Understanding Your Charge

It is important to understand that sexual contact between two people does not have to happen in order to be arrested for a prostitution-related crime. Under New York Penal Code 230, a person is considered to patronize a prostitute when he or she:  

  • Pays a fee to another person as compensation for such person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with him or her pursuant to a prior understanding;
  • Agrees to pay a fee to another person for such person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct; or
  • Solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her, in return for a fee.

Promoting Prostitution: Understanding Your Charge

Usually, escort services advertise in the Yellow Pages, newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. True escort services are legal. It is entirely legal for one to pay another to accompany and spend time with him or her. The legal troubles arise when offers of sex are made or solicited.

There are three degrees of promoting prostitution in New York. Promoting prostitution can range from being a “pimp” or “madam” to organizing prostitution-related travel.  

Third degree prostitution promotion is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to seven years of prison and a mandatory minimum of four years in prison. Third degree prostitution promotion charges result from three scenarios:

  1. An individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances through the management, control, supervision, or ownership of a house of prostitution, or a prostitution enterprise consisting of two or more prostitutes.
  2. An individual knowingly operates a travel agency geared toward the explicit purpose of patronizing a prostitute, even if prostitution is legal in that jurisdiction.
  3. An individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances from a prostitute who is younger than 19 years of age.

Second degree prostitution promotion is a Class C Felony, punishable by up to 15 years of prison with a mandatory minimum of six years in prison. This charge is used when a person compels or knowingly profits from another person performing acts of prostitution through intimidation or coercion. This charge is also used when a person knowingly profits or otherwise advances from a prostitute who is less than 16 years of age.

Finally, first degree prostitution promotion is when an individual knowingly profits or otherwise advances from a prostitute who is less than 11 years of age. This is a Class B Felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of six years.

Claims by the owners and/or managers that they didn’t approve of and/or were not aware of sexual acts committed by the escorts many times fail because the government can show that the owners and/or managers:

  1. Kept records of customers’ sexual preferences.
  2. Kept records of customers’ sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  3. Advised the escorts on how to avoid and treat infections caused by frequent use of lubricated condoms.
  4. Advised the escorts on methods by which they could continue working while menstruating.
  5. Instructed them on how to identify undercover police officers.

Profiting From Prostitution: Understand Your Charge

Similar to promoting prostitution, profiting from prostitution is the acceptance of money or goods due to an agreement or understanding with any person whereby the person participates in the proceeds of prostitution activity. Promoting prostitution in the fourth degree is a Class A misdemeanor. Higher degrees of profiting from prostitution involve aggravating factors and more serious sentences.

Compelling Or Permitting Prostitution

Permitting prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor, defined by having possession or control of a premises which he or she knows is being used for prostitution purpose in which the individual “fails to make reasonable effort to halt or abate such use.”

Compelling prostitution is a Class B felony that takes place when someone over 21 years of age “knowingly advances prostitution by compelling a person less than 16 years old, by force or intimidation, to engage in prostitution.”

Other Possible Charges Related To Prostitution

Those who have been charged with the above crimes may also be charged with related crimes, including sex trafficking, other sex offenses, money laundering, or falsifying business records. These are all serious charges that could result in fines, prison time, and sex offender status.

Get Experienced Legal Representation Today

It is important to take all of the criminal charges seriously. Regardless of the circumstances of the charges brought against you, you will want to have the consequences of these charges minimized. Being convicted of a felony, with its possible punishments and a criminal record, may have long-lasting negative effects on your future. It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced, aggressive Brooklyn prostitution defense attorney at our firm as soon as possible so that we may begin investigating and building your defense.

To schedule your confidential and complimentary meeting with Jason A. Steinberger, please call (718) 585-2833 or fill out our electronic contact form.