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New York Prostitution Defense Lawyer

In New York, charges concerning prostitution and related offenses are taken seriously and can result in significant legal consequences. These offenses are covered under New York Penal Code sections 230 through 230.40. If you or a loved one is facing such charges in the Hudson Valley, it’s crucial to understand the legal implications and seek experienced legal representation. Dupée & Monroe, P.C., is an experienced and successful New York criminal defense law firm representing people accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes in Orange County and the Hudson Valley. Call our office today to speak with a skilled and dedicated Goshen criminal defense lawyer.

Overview of Prostitution-Related Offenses in New York

The New York Penal Code defines various offenses related to prostitution, each with its own set of legal ramifications:

  1. Prostitution (Section 230.00): Engaging in, agreeing to engage in, or offering to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for a fee. This is typically charged as a Class B misdemeanor, which can result in up to three months in jail and fines.

  2. Patronizing a Prostitute (Section 230.04): Paying, agreeing to pay, or offering to pay for sexual conduct. Depending on the circumstances, this can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, with penalties ranging from fines to several years in prison.

  3. Promoting Prostitution (Sections 230.15 to 230.25): Activities related to managing, controlling, or profiting from the prostitution of others. Charges can range from Class A misdemeanors to Class B felonies, with penalties including significant fines and lengthy prison sentences.

  4. Compelling Prostitution (Section 230.33): Forcing or inducing someone to engage in prostitution, often through threats or violence. This is a Class B felony, carrying a potential sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

  5. Sex Trafficking (Section 230.34): Recruiting, harboring, transporting, or providing a person for the purpose of prostitution, using force, fraud, or coercion. This is a Class B felony, with penalties including up to 25 years in prison.

  6. Permitting Prostitution (Section 230.40): Knowingly allowing one’s premises to be used for prostitution activities. This is typically charged as a Class B misdemeanor.

Legal Defenses and Considerations

Defending against prostitution-related charges requires a nuanced understanding of the law and a strategic approach. Some potential defenses include:

  • Lack of Evidence: Demonstrating that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Entrapment: Arguing that law enforcement officers induced the defendant to commit an act they would not have otherwise engaged in.
  • Mistake of Fact: Claiming that the defendant was unaware that the interaction was for the purpose of prostitution.
  • Coercion or Duress: Asserting that the defendant was forced into the activity under threat or compulsion.

Call Dupée & Monroe Today for Effective Criminal Defense Legal Representation

Facing charges related to prostitution can be overwhelming and carry serious consequences. At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., our experienced criminal defense attorneys understand the serious nature of New York’s prostitution laws and are dedicated to providing a vigorous defense for our clients. We work tirelessly to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome in your case.

If you or someone you know is facing prostitution-related charges in the Hudson Valley, call Dupée & Monroe, P.C. today at 845-294-8900. Our legal team is here to help you navigate the criminal justice system and fight for your future.

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