In Brooklyn and New York, in general, prostitution is a crime that is taken seriously. Individuals who are found to be engaging in sexual activity for business purposes to earn money, promoting prostitution or soliciting prostitutes can be arrested and charged with the crime. There are laws in Brooklyn and New York as a whole pertaining to prostitution.
What Encompasses Prostitution in Brooklyn and New York, in General?
Prostitution is called one of the world’s oldest crimes. It is highly common all over the world. Around 70 percent of all women in prisons were originally arrested for prostitution. There are various categories of this crime in Brooklyn that are classified depending on the severity of the crime. Generally speaking, most of the laws are fairly lenient. If someone is arrested for prostitution and are convicted for the most basic crime per New York’s Penal Code 230.00, they are charged with a class B misdemeanor and can receive more lenient penalties. In any case, it’s important for anyone arrested for this crime to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Patronizing people for prostitution, also known as soliciting prostitutes, involves trying to pick up a prostitute to engage in sexual activity and paying them for their services. This crime falls under the Penal Code 230.02. A person can be found guilty if they made an agreement with a prostitute to have sexual contact in exchange for money. Patronizing a prostitute is charged as a class A misdemeanor. However, if the prostitute is under 14, it’s charged as a class E felony. If the prostitute is younger than 11, it is considered a class D felony.
Prostitution in a school zone, as per Penal Code 230.04 is very serious because it is in close proximity to children. A school zone can include not only a school itself but any building, structure, playground or land around or within a public or private school. This crime is charged as a class A misdemeanor.
Penalties and Sentences for Prostitution in Brooklyn and New York, in General
The exact penalties a person can receive when they are convicted of a prostitution crime depend on the crime itself. For a general prostitution conviction, the crime is charged as a class B misdemeanor, which carries a jail term of up to three months and a maximum fine of $500.
Patronizing a prostitute, a class A misdemeanor, means the individual would receive up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. In some cases, the individual would only receive one or the other. However, if they are convicted of patronizing a prostitute under the age of 14, the charge is considered to be a class E felony, which has harsher penalties that include two to five years in prison.
Permitting prostitution is charged as a class B misdemeanor, which can result in the individual receiving a term of up to three months in jail and a $1,000 fine or simply one of those penalties.
Promoting prostitution is a class A misdemeanor, which includes a prison term of up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000. In some instances, the individual may only be responsible for one of those penalties.
Compelling prostitution is considered a class B felony, which means a person convicted of the crime can receive a prison term of anywhere from three to 25 years and a $5,000 fine.
Sex trafficking is a class B felony, which means the individual would receive three to 25 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Possible Defenses for Prostitution Charges
There is one chief defense that can be used by the defense attorney in a prostitution case. Brooklyn and New York as a whole recognizes a defense against patronizing a prostitute. The defense can argue that the defendant was not aware that the prostitute was under the age of 14 or 11.
No matter what the specific Penal Code of the charge, if someone has been arrested for a prostitution crime in Brooklyn, it’s imperative that they speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. It is the chance they have in getting the charges reduced or dropped.