Kansas City Prostitution Defense Attorneys
In Kansas and every state in the U.S.—besides some parts of Nevada—it is against the law to engage in prostitution. In addition, it is illegal to pay someone to perform a sexual act or enter a place where prostitution occurs with the intention to engage in a sex act with a prostitute, which is known as patronizing.
Patronizing is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year and a maximum $2,500 fine. A repeat offense is a severity level 9 felony.
Keep in mind, it is legal to hire an escort for nonsexual purposes. If a person is charged with patronizing, he/she may argue that the alleged prostitute wasn’t hired for sexual activity, but instead for companionship.
Promoting Prostitution by Running a Brothel or Recruiting Prostitutes.
Additionally, promoting prostitution by running a brothel or recruiting prostitutes is a severity level 9 felony, which results in a maximum 13-month prison sentence for a first offense. A repeat offense is a severity level 7 felony, which can lead to a maximum 26-month prison term.
To be convicted of promoting prostitution, you must be aware that prostitution is taking place. If the defendant wasn’t aware of such upon arrest, he/she cannot be charged with promoting prostitution.