Prostitution occurs when a person either performs or consents to perform a sexual act in exchange for money or other items of value.
The Statutory Punishment
Prostitution is a considered a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
A person convicted of prostitution can face imprisonment for up to a year and fines of up to $1000.
Engaging in sexual intercourse with another person below the age of consent could result in a lifelong obligation to report to a local sex offender registry.
Keeping a place of prostitution is considered a more serious offense, and is classified as a felony.
A person convicted of keeping a place of prostitution where at least one of the actors are under the age of 18 could be punished with at least five years in prison, but not more than 20 years, and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $10,000.
Although prostitution in itself is a misdemeanor, there are many “enhancements” that may be incorporated in both the crime and sentencing that could lead to serious trouble for a defendant. The State routinely adds these enhancements, which lead to increased prison time and larger fines. Additionally, what was once a misdemeanor soon transforms into a felony, leaving a criminal blemish in its path.
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