Prostitution Defense Attorneys in Albuquerque
It may be the world’s oldest profession, but it is still a crime in New Mexico that can get you jail time and fines. It is illegal to sell sex, and it is illegal to buy it. Both are misdemeanors. On the other hand, promoting prostitution and accepting the earnings of a prostitute are both fourth degree felonies, while child prostitution is a first or second degree felony, depending on the age of the child. Do not hesitate in contacting an experienced prostitution defense lawyer in Albuquerque for a free legal consultation if you or a family member are involved in a prostitution case.
If you have been accused of a misdemeanor prostitution-related crime, not only are you at risk of spending some time in jail and paying hundreds of dollars in fines, you are likely to become the subject of ridicule, and your reputation will suffer. If you’re a teacher in New Mexico’s schools, if convicted, you’ll lose your job. A conviction for a felony prostitution crime can land you in state prison, strip you of some of your valued civil rights, and leave you with a criminal record that can limit employment, housing, and educational options. If you find yourself or a loved one in this type of situation, do not hesitate to contact a prostitution defense lawyer in Albuquerque, NM.
Engaging in Prostitution
In New Mexico, the law defines prostitution as engaging in (or offering to engage in) a sexual act for pay. Sexual acts that can be charged as prostitution include vaginal, oral, and anal sex, as well as masturbation of another person. Penalties are up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Patronizing a Prostitute
An additional law in New Mexico applies to those who purchase sex, commonly known as “johns.” Anyone who goes to a brothel with the intention of purchasing sex or who hires someone believed to be a prostitute can be charged with of patronizing a prostitute. As with the crime of prostitution, the maximum penalty for patronizing a prostitute is six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Pimping and Pandering
A more serious charge is promoting prostitution, also known as pimping or pandering. It consist of:
- owning or managing a brothel or other place where prostitution is practiced or allowed;
- renting any property to be used as a venue for prostitution;
- procuring a prostitute;
- inducing someone to become a prostitute;
- finding “johns” for a prostitute;
- being paid to find a prostitute for someone;
- providing transportation for a person to engage in prostitution within New Mexico;
- crossing New Mexico state lines for the purpose of prostitution;
- gaining income from another earned by prostitution.
Crimes that involve making money from the prostitution of another are punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine of as much as $5,000.
A person who receives any money from a child under 16 earned by the child engaging in a sexual act or sexual exhibition or who hires or attempts to hire a child between 13 and 16 for purposes of engaging in a sexual act can be charged with child prostitution.
Child prostitution is a serious type of sex crime—a second degree felony—punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $12,500. Making money from the prostitution of a child under a child under the age of 13 is a first degree felony that can get you 18 years in prison and a fine of $15,000.
Legal Help From Albuquerque Prostitution Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with being involved in prostitution in any capacity, you are in a serious situation and need a serious solution. You need help at once to limit the destruction of your life, your relationship with your family, and your standing in the community. Our New Mexico Criminal Law Offices in Albuquerque is where you’ll find a well-experienced, knowledgeable, and committed prostitution attorney who can give you the best defense available, mitigate the damage, and possibly, depending on the particular circumstances, make the charges go away. Contact us right away, and don’t answer any questions until your lawyer is present.