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Accused of a Prostitution Charge in Rochester?

N.Y. Pen. Law § 230 defines offenses associated with prostitution.

Generally speaking, these offenses are broken into two categories: patronizing (buying) a prostitute and promoting prostitution. The seriousness of these charges is largely dependent on the circumstances of the alleged offense, but make no mistake—any one of these allegations requires aggressive, capable defense.

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Kinds of Prostitution Offenses

N.Y. Pen. Law § 230 says, "A person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee." As you can see, this language is sure to include the party paying for sexual conduct (patronizing) and the person being paid or profiting from it (promoting).

Charges forpatronizing a prostitute include:

  • Third-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.04) 
    Charged when the accused knowingly patronizes a prostitute.
  • Second-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.05) 
    Charged when the accused is over 18 years old and knowingly patronizes a prostitute who is under 14.
  • First-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.06) 
    Charged when the accused knowingly patronizes a prostitute who is under eleven years old.

Charges for promoting prostitution include:

  • Fourth-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.20) 
    Charged when and individual profits or advances prostitution. Promoting prostitution with obscene material to 10 or more people is also fourth-degree promoting prostitution.
  • Third-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.25) 
    Charged when an individual, either alone or in association with others, runs a prostitution enterprise. This can include travel services to foreign jurisdictions. Profiting from or advancing the prostitution of someone under nineteen years old is also third-degree promoting prostitution.
  • Second-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.30) 
    Charged when an individual compels or threatens someone to get them to engage in prostitution. Profiting from or advancing prostitution of someone less than 16 years old is also second-degree promoting.
  • First-Degree (N.Y. Pen. Law § 230.32) 
    Charged when an individual profits from or advances the prostitution of someone younger than 11 years old.

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