While most prostitution charges in Michigan are misdemeanors, it can be a felony for subsequent offenses which means you could go to prison. You can even be placed on the sex offender registry if convicted of certain prostitution offenses.
What is Prostitution
Michigan law doesn’t specifically define prostitution, so the common law dictionary definition applies. Essentially, prostitution is engaging in sexual acts in exchange for money or something of value.
What is Solicitation
Solicitation is when someone seeks the services of a prostitute (commonly known as a “john”). A person is guilty of solicitation by accosting, soliciting, or inviting someone to engage in prostitution or any other lewd or immoral act while in a building, vehicle, or public place.
What is Pimping and Pandering
Pandering (or “pimping”) is when someone gets a prostitute for someone else. The pimp or panderer is the “middle man” for the transaction.
Other Prostitution Crimes
“Inducing” a woman to become a prostitute is a separate crime in Michigan and is a felony. Inducing (strongly encouraging) is a different crime than pandering. Someone who knowingly shares the earnings of a prostitute is guilty of a felony. Knowingly transporting a female through or into the state for the purposes of prostitution is guilty of a felony. Maintaining or leasing a house for the purposes of prostitution (“bawdy house”) is a felony. Renting a house to someone knowing they are using it for prostitution is a misdemeanor.
Penalties for Prostitution and Solicitation Offenses
First Offense Prostitution or Solicitation– Misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and/or $500 in fines.
Second Offense Prostitution or Solicitation—Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.
Third or more Offense Prostitution or Solicitation—Felony punishable by up to two years in prison and/or $2,000 in fines.
Pandering, Receiving the Earnings of a Prostitute, or Transporting a Female for Prostitution– These are felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Leasing a House used for Prostitution—Misdemeanor punishable by up to 182 days in jail and/or $750 in fines.
Maintaining a Prostitution House—Felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or $2,500 in fines.
Collateral Consequences of a Prostitution Conviction
In addition to possible incarceration, probation, or being fined, there are other consequences for being convicted of a prostitution offense. You will be prohibited from working in a public school in any capacity under MCL 380.1230. If you are convicted of pandering, you will be required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). That will impact where you live, work, or even hang out in addition to having your name, photo, residential and employment information being plastered on a public forum.
Michigan Prostitution Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with prostitution, pandering, solicitation, maintaining or leasing a house of prostitution, or human trafficking, contact Austin Legal Services, PLC at (517) 614-1983 to speak to a Michigan criminal defense attorney today!
Defending prostitution, pandering, solicitation, and bawdy house charges throughout Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Clinton, Gratiot, Eaton, Livingston, Kent, Jackson, Barry, Calhoun in the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, St. Johns, Ithaca, Charlotte, Brighton, Howell, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Hastings, Battle Creek.