No, in the big picture of things, soliciting a prostitute is not as serious as murder or child abuse. Still, if you are charged with soliciting a prostitute, it can be a genuinely humiliating and embarrassing experience. In Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, if you are charged with solicitation, you’ll want to retain promptly the services and counsel of an experienced White Plains criminal defense attorney. New York law defines soliciting a prostitute as:

  • paying someone to engage in sexual conduct
  • agreeing to pay someone to engage in sexual conduct or provide a third party who will
  • soliciting or asking someone to engage in sexual conduct for financial compensation

It’s important to note that no sexual act needs to have taken place in order for you to face charges for this crime. As long as you made an attempt to ask someone to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for compensation, you could be charged with this crime. While it’s not murder or child abuse, prostitution and “escort” operations are often linked to a number of other serious crimes, so if you consider yourself a decent, law-abiding citizen, prostitution isn’t something you want to “check out” or experiment with. Soliciting is never, ever a wise move.

Soliciting a prostitute is a Class A misdemeanor in New York; a conviction is punishable by up to a full year in jail. If you are charged with any serious crime in New York, arrange at once to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Particularly if you have been accused of a crime as potentially humiliating as solicitation, a good defense attorney’s advice and knowledge can be priceless.

There are other serious consequences of a solicitation of a prostitute conviction besides the possible jail time. If you are charged and convicted of this crime, your friends and family members may turn their backs on you. Future employers may think twice about someone who has this conviction on their record, making it difficult for you to find work. Landlords may be unwilling to take a chance on you, since many people look down on those who are convicted of soliciting a prostitute. The consequences of this conviction are far reaching and long-term, so you should always contact an experienced Westchester County solicitation of a prostitute attorney as soon as possible if you have been charged.

A good criminal defense lawyer will work aggressively on your behalf. In solicitation cases, there may have been a misunderstanding, you may have been “framed” or “set up,” you may be a victim of mistaken identity, or the whole incident may have been a fabrication.  A soliciting a prostitute charge does not always mean an automatic conviction. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. You cannot be convicted unless a prosecutor can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you’re accused of soliciting or any other serious crime in or near the Peekskill area, take your case promptly to an experienced Peekskill criminal defense attorney.

By: Kimberly Pelesz

Family law and criminal defense attorney Kimberly A. Pelesz received a B.S. degree magna cum laude and an M.P.A. degree summa cum laude from Binghamton University. She earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, where she was selected for Phi Alpha Delta. Her charitable activities include work with My Sisters’ Place in White Plains and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Humane Education Taskforce.

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