Individuals who patronize a prostitute are violating New York Penal Code 230.04, 230.05 or 230.06. The Penal Code delineates varying degrees of patronizing a prostitute. The most serious are categorized as felonies while the lesser are misdemeanors. Individuals who have been charged with patronizing a prostitute face the stigma and embarrassment of being associated with prostitution. This may negatively harm their reputation, their relationships with loved ones and family, and even their future employment prospects.
The NYPD has been known to set up "stings" that often times may go something like this: While operating your vehicle, you are stopped in traffic at a stop light or stop sign. A woman on foot, often on the sidewalk, gestures for the motorist to roll down their window. She then asks the motorist if he is "interested in having a good time." What happens next is often disputed, but the outcome is the motorist being arrested and charged with patronizing a prostitute in the third degree, or violating NY PL 230.04.
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges for allegedly patronizing a prostitute in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island or Queens, the best way to fight these charges is by working with an experienced criminal defense attorney such as Michael Redenburg, Esq. He will review the circumstances surrounding your charges and construct the best possible defense strategy on your behalf. In some cases, a competent defense lawyer may be able to get such charges reduced or dismissed completely.
New York Criminal Charges for Patronizing a Prostitute
Patronizing a prostitute in the first degree involves patronizing a prostitute and the person patronized is less than eleven years of age. This is a Class D Felony and if convicted, can result in a prison term of up to seven years. Patronizing a prostitute in the second degree involves patronizing a prostitute when, being over eighteen years of age, an individual patronizes a prostitute and the person patronized is less than fourteen years of age. This is a Class E Felony, and if convicted, can result in a prison term of up to four years. Patronizing a prostitute in the third degree involves patronizing a prostitute when, being over twenty-one years of age, an individual patronizes a prostitute and the person patronized is less than seventeen years of age.
Consult with a New York City (NYC) Prostitution Defense Lawyer
It is important to take criminal charges of patronizing a prostitute 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 interests to consult with the New York City (NYC) prostitution defense attorney at the firm as soon as possible so that he can begin investigating and building your defense. Call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. at 212-240-9465 to discuss your case.