Prostitution encompasses a variety of behaviors and circumstances, resulting in penalties that range from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on the events surrounding the act of prostitution. If you are charged with prostitution in Colorado, you will want a Colorado criminal defense attorney who is experienced with cases of this nature and who preferably has a proven track record for favorable outcomes for the defense.

Colorado Prostitution Laws

Colorado defines prostitution as the act of performing, offering or agreeing to perform any act of sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation or anal intercourse with a person other than a spouse in exchange for money or other item of value. Therefore, the penalties for prostitution vary according to the circumstances surrounding the crime.

Prostitution is a Class 3 misdemeanor. A person convicted of prostitution is required to undergo HIV testing at his own expense. If the test comes back positive, the person will be charged with prostitution with the knowledge of being infected with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

A person is guilty of soliciting for prostitution if he solicits another person for the purpose of prostitution, arranges for people to meet solely for the purpose of prostitution or knowingly directs another person to a place where prostitution takes place. Solicitation for the purpose of prostitution is a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Patronizing a prostitute in Colorado is a Class 1 petty offense, however, it is a Class 1 misdemeanor if it was committed subsequent to two prior convictions for patronizing or a comparable offense in Colorado or any other state. A person convicted of patronizing a prostitute will be ordered to submit to an HIV test. If the test comes back positive, he can be charged with patronizing a prostitute with the knowledge of being infected with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which is a Class 6 felony.

Pandering prostitution involves menacing or using intimidation to induce a person into prostitution or arranging or offering to arrange circumstances where prostitution can take place. Pandering is a Class 5 felony if it involves inducing a person into committing prostitution. It is a Class 3 misdemeanor if it involves arranging a situation where a person can commit prostitution.

A person who maintains an establishment for the sole purpose of prostitution faces a Class 2 misdemeanor charge. A person can also face charges of keeping a place of prostitution if they permit continued use of a place after finding out that it is being used for purposes of prostitution.

Pimping, or receiving or being supported by money or other items of value that is earned by another person through prostitution, is a Class 3 felony in Colorado.

Colorado has laws prohibiting promoting sexual immorality. A person is guilty of promoting sexual immorality when they make available a facility for another person to use for sexual intercourse between two people who are not married, or for deviate sexual intercourse, and who advertises such a facility. Promoting sexual immorality is a Class 2 misdemeanor.