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I got a ticket in lakewood colorado for patronizing a prostitute.

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I got a ticket in lakewood colorado for patronizing a prostitute. First time offense and have no criminal past. What kind of fine or penalty should I expect?

Kirk Adams : Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a Criminal Law litigation attorney. Thanks for your question, but I'm sorry for your trouble with this.
Kirk Adams : Here's the relevant statute:
Kirk Adams : 18-7-205: Patronizing a prostitute (1) Any person who performs any of the following with a person not his spouse commits patronizing a prostitute:(a) Engages in an act of sexual intercourse or of deviate sexual conduct with a prostitute; or(b) Enters or remains in a place of prostitution with intent to engage in an act of sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct.(2) Patronizing a prostitute is a class 1 petty offense; except that patronizing a prostitute is a class 1 misdemeanor if the violation is committed subsequent to two prior convictions of a violation of this section, of a violation of a comparable offense in any other state, or of a violation of a comparable municipal offense.
Kirk Adams : Here's an outline of the penaly:
Kirk Adams : § 18-1.3-503. Petty offenses classified - penalties(1) A violation of a statute of this state is a "petty offense" if specifically classified as a class 1 or class 2 petty offense. The penalty for commission of a class 1 petty offense, upon conviction, is a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisonment for not more than six months other than in state correctional facilities, or both. The penalty for commission of a class 2 petty offense is a fine specified in the section defining the offense. The penalty assessment procedure of section 16-2-201, C.R.S., is available for the payment of fines in class 2 petty offense cases.(2) Every sentence entered under this section shall include consideration of restitution as required by part 6 of this article and by article 18.5 of title 16, C.R.S.
Kirk Adams : Thus, the maximum penalty is $500 and 6 months in jail.
Kirk Adams : However, jail time is very unlikely.
Kirk Adams : instead, a fine of probably $250 or so and a short probation period is the likely result.
Customer: Do you think I would have to do jail time? Or more then likely just fined and maybe probation? Never had any problems with the law before
Kirk Adams : No, jail time should not be in play.
Kirk Adams : it is certianly possible under teh law, but it would be VERY unlikely.
Customer: Thanks for your help. It gives me alot better piece of mind and what to expect.
Kirk Adams : Sure. Glad to help
Kirk Adams : Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Kirk Adams : Thanks.
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