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Prostitution Lawyer in New York
Fighting Prostitution Charges in NYC
Prostitution is a crime in New York State, which means that you can face severe penalties for being convicted of this sex crime. Even if you were not the one engaging in the sexual act, you can still be charged with prostitution if you were aware that it was going to take place and did nothing to stop it. Even if you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can still be charged with a crime if you were in the company of someone who was engaging in prostitution.
If you have been charged with prostitution, you need a prostitution lawyer in New York City as soon as possible. At Cohen & Forman, P.C., our prostitution attorneys in New York City can help you fight your prostitution charges and help you avoid the serious consequences of a conviction.
What Is Prostitution in New York?
Prostitution is the act of engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for money, goods, or other valuables. In New York, prostitution is a crime, and those who pay for sex with someone who is a prostitute can also be charged with a crime.
New York State defines prostitution as the following:
- Engaging in sexual conduct for a fee with another person
- Being in the company of someone who is engaging in prostitution
- Offering to engage in sexual conduct for a fee
What Is the Definition of Solicitation in New York?
Under New York State law, it is a crime to solicit prostitution. Solicitation means to ask someone to commit a crime, and it can include asking a person to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money, goods, or other valuables. Solicitation is a crime even if the person being solicited does not commit the crime that was solicited.
Under New York law, the crime of solicitation of prostitution occurs when a person:
- Attempts to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for money, goods, or other valuables;
- Attempts to bring another person to a place with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with that person in exchange for money, goods, or other valuables; or
- Offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for money, goods, or other valuables.
In New York, you can be charged with solicitation of prostitution even if the person you were soliciting does not actually commit the crime you were trying to solicit. For example, if you ask a person to engage in sexual activity with you in exchange for money and that person does not actually engage in prostitution with you, you can still be charged with solicitation of prostitution.
What Are the Penalties for Prostitution in New York State?
The penalties for being convicted of prostitution depend on the circumstances of the case and the number of times you have been convicted of prostitution in the past. For example, if you are convicted of engaging in prostitution or solicitation for the first time, you can face up to three months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.
Other penalties for prostitution can include community service, probation, and/or sex offender treatment programs. Being charged with prostitution can also make it more difficult to find a place to live and get a job, and it can make it more difficult to get a loan from a bank.
How Can a Prostitution Lawyer Help Me?
Avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction by hiring our team at Cohen & Forman, P.C.. Do not hesitate to let us protect your rights, reputation, and future inside and outside the courtroom.
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