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State Laws on Prostitution (All 50 states and DC)

State Penalty for Prostitute
(crime classification)
Penalty for Customer
(crime classification)
Citation
Alabama Up to 1 yr and/or $6,000
(Class A misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and/or $6,000
(Class A misdemeanor)
13A.12.120 to 13A.12.122, Code of Alabama
Alaska Up to 10 days and/or $2,000
(Class B misdemeanor)
Up to 10 days and/or $2,000
(Class B misdemeanor)
AS.11.66.100, Alaska Statutes 2017
Arizona 1st offense: 15 days to 6 months and/or up to $2,500
2nd offense: 30 days to 6 months and/or up to $2,500
3rd offense: 60 days to 6 months and/or up to $2,500
4+ offenses: 180 days to 2.5 yrs and/or up to $150,000
(1st, 2nd and 3rd offenses: class 1 misdemeanor, 4+ offenses: class 5 felony)
1st offense: 15 days to 6 months and/or up to $2,500
2nd offense: 30 days to 6 months and/or up to $2,500
3rd offense: 60 days to 6 months and/or up to $2,500
4+ offenses: 180 days to 2.5 yrs and/or up to $150,000
(1st, 2nd and 3rd offenses: class 1 misdemeanor, 4+ offenses: class 5 felony)
13-3208 to 13-3214, Arizona Revised Statutes
Arkansas 1st offense: up to 90 days and/or up to $1,000
2+ offenses: up to 1 year and/or up to $2,500
(1st offense: class B misdemeanor, 2+ offenses class A misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to 30 days and/or up to $2,000
2+ offenses: up to 1 yr and/or up to $3,500
(Unclassified misdemeanors)
5-70-102 to 5-70-103, Code of Arkansas
California Up to 6 months and/or $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 6 months and/or $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
Part 1, Title 15, Chapter 2, 647, Penal Code of California
Colorado Up to 6 months and/or up to $750
(Class 3 misdemeanor)
Up to 18 months and/or $5,000
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
18-7-201 and 18-7-205, Colorado Revised Statutes
Connecticut Up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,000
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,000
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
Sec. 53a-82, Sec. 53a-83, Sec. 53a-83a, Connecticut General Statutes
Delaware Up to 6 months and $1,150
(Class B misdemeanor)
Up to 30 days and $500
(Misdemeanor)
Title 11, Ch.5, Sub.Ch.8, Sec. 1342 and 1343, Delaware Code
DC 1st offense: up to 90 days and/or $500
2nd offense: up to 180 days and/or $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 2 years and/or $12,500
1st offense: up to 90 days and/or $500
2nd offense: up to 180 days and/or $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 2 years and/or $12,500
22–2701, Code of DC
Florida 1st offense: up to 60 days and/or $500
2nd offense: up to 1 year and/or $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 5 years and/or $5,000
(1st offense: misdemeanor of the second degree, 2nd offense: misdemeanor of the first degree, 3+ offense: felony of the third degree)
1st offense: up to 60 days and/or $500
2nd offense: up to 1 year and/or $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 5 years and/or $5,000
(1st offense: misdemeanor of the second degree, 2nd offense: misdemeanor of the first degree, 3+ offense: felony of the third degree)
796.07, Florida Statutes
Georgia Up to 1 yr and/or up to $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and/or up to $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
O.C.G.A. § 16-6-9, Georgia Code
Hawaii 1st offense: Up to 30 days and/or between $500 and $1,000
2+ offenses: 30 days and a fine between $500 and $1,000
(Petty misdemeanor)
1st offense: Up to 30 days and/or between $500 and $1,000
2+ offenses: 30 days and a fine between $500 and $1,000
(Petty misdemeanor)
§712-1200, Hawaii Revised Statutes
Idaho 1st and 2nd offenses: Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 5 years, and/or up to $50,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: felony)
1st and 2nd offenses: Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 5 years, and/or up to $50,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: felony)
18-5613 and 18-5614, Idaho Statutes
Illinois Up to 1 yr and up to $2,500
(Class A misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and up to $2,500
(Class A misdemeanor)
720 ILCS 5 Sec. 11-14 and Sec. 11-14.1, Illinois Compiled Statutes
Indiana 1st and 2nd offenses: up to 1 yr and up to $5,000
3+ offenses: 6 months to 2.5 years and up to $10,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: class A misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: level 6 felony)
1st and 2nd offenses: up to 1 yr and up to $5,000
3+ offenses: 6 months to 2.5 years and up to $10,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: class A misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: level 6 felony)
IC 35-45-4-2 and IC 35-45-4-3, Indiana Code
Iowa Up to 2 yrs and between $625 and $6,250
(Aggravated misdemeanor)
Up to 2 yrs and between $625 and $6,250
(Aggravated misdemeanor)
725.1, Iowa Code
Kansas Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
(Class B person misdemeanor)
1st offense: Up to 1 yr and between $1,200 and $5,000
2+ offenses: between 11 and 13 months and between $1,200 and $5,000
(1st offense: class A person misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: severity level 9 person felony)
21-6419 and 21-6421, Kansas Statute
Kentucky Up to 90 days and/or up to $250
(Class B misdemeanor)
Up to 90 days and/or up to $250
(Class B misdemeanor)
529.020, Kentucky Revised Statutes
Louisiana 1st offense: Up to 6 months and/or $500
2nd offense: Up to 2 yrs with or without hard labor, and/or between $250 and $2,000
3+ offenses: Up to 4 yrs with or without hard labor, and/or between $500 and $4,000
1st offense: Up to 6 months and/or $500
2nd offense: Up to 2 yrs with or without hard labor, and/or between $250 and $2,000
3+ offenses: Up to 4 yrs with or without hard labor, and/or between $500 and $4,000
14:82, Louisiana Revised Statutes
Maine 1st offense: Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
2+ offenses: Up to 1 yr and up to $2,000
(1st offense: class E crime, 2+ offenses: class D crime)
1st offense: Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
2+ offenses: Up to 1 yr and up to $2,000
(1st offense: class E crime, 2+ offenses: class D crime)
17A-851, 17A-853-A,17A-853-B, Maine Revised Statutes
Maryland Up to 1 yr and/or up to $500
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and/or up to $500
(Misdemeanor)
§11–306, Code of Maryland (Statutes)
Massachusetts Up to 1 yr and/or up to $500 Up to 2.5 yrs and/or between $1,000 and $5,000 Ch. 272, §53A(a) and(b),General Laws of Massachusetts
Michigan 1st offense: up to 93 days and/or up to $500
2nd offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $1,000
3+ offences: up to 2 yrs and/or up to $2,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: felony)
1st offense: up to 93 days and/or up to $500
2nd offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $1,000
3+ offences: up to 2 yrs and/or up to $2,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: felony)
750.448 and 750.449a, Michigan Compiled Laws
Minnesota 1st offense: up to 90 days and/or up to $1,000
2+ offenses: up to 1 yr and/or up to $3,000
(1st offense: misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: gross misdemeanor)
1st offense: $500+ and/or community service
2+ offenses: $1,500+ and 20 hrs community service
(1st offense: misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: gross misdemeanor)
609.324, 2017 Minnesota Statutes
Mississippi Up to 6 months and/or up to $200
(Misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to 6 months and/or up to $200
2+ offenses: up to 2 yrs and/or $1,000
(1st offense: misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: felony)
§97-29-49 and §97-29-51, Mississippi Code
Missouri 1st and 2nd offenses: up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 4 yrs and/or up to $10,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: class B misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: class E felony)
1st and 2nd offenses: up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 4 yrs and/or up to $10,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: class B misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: class E felony)
567.020, 567.030, and 567.110, Revised Statutes of Missouri
Montana Up to 6 months and/or $500 1st offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $1,000
2+ offenses: up to 5 yrs and/or up to $10,000
45-5-601, Montana Code Annotated 2017
Nebraska 1st and 2nd offense: up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: up to 1 yr and/or up to $1,000
(1st and 2nd offenses: class II misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: class I misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to 1 yr and/or between $250 and $1,000
2+ offenses: Up to 2 yrs and/or between $500 and $10,000
(1st offense: class I misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: class IV felony)
28-801 and 28-801.01, Nebraska Revised Statutes
Nevada
Prostitution is legal in 10 Nevada counties. See below for more information.
Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000 and/or community service of up to 200 hours
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000 and/or community service of up to 200 hours
(Misdemeanor)
201.354 Nevada Revised Statutes
New Hampshire Up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,000
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,000
(Misdemeanor)
645:2, New Hampshire Statutes
New Jersey 1st offense: up to 6 months and a fine
2+ offenses: up to 18 months and a fine
(1st offense: disorderly person offense, 2+ offenses: crime of the fourth degree)
1st offense: up to 6 months, a fine, and participation in the ‘Prostitution Offender Program’
2nd and 3rd offense: up to 18 months and a fine
4+ offenses: between 3 and 5 yrs and a fine
(1st offense: disorderly person offense, 2nd and 3rd offense: crime of the fourth degree, 4+ offenses: crime of the third degree)
2C:34-1 and 2C:34-1.2, New Jersey Statutes
New Mexico 1st offense: up to six months and/or $500
2+ offenses: up to 1 year and/or $1,000
(1st offense: petty misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to six months and/or $500
2+ offenses: up to 1 year and/or $1,000
(1st offense: petty misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: misdemeanor)
30-9-2 and 30-9-3, New Mexico Statutes and Court Rules
New York Up to 3 months and up to $500
(Class B misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and up to $1,000
(Class A misdemeanor)
Article 230, New York Penal Code
North Carolina 1st offense: 12 months’ probation and a fine to be determined by the court
2+ offenses: up to 120 days and a fine to be determined by the court
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to 60 days and a fine to be determined by the court
2+ offenses: at least 8 months and a fine determined by the court
(1st offense: Class A1 misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: Class G Felony)
14-203 and 14-204 and 14-205.2, North Carolina General Statutes
North Dakota Up to 30 days and/or $1,500
(Class B misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to 30 days and/or $1,500 and/or participation in an offender education program
2+ offenses: up to 360 days and/or $3,000
(1st offense: class B misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: class A misdemeanor)
12.1-29-03 and 12.1-29-06, North Dakota Century Code
Ohio Up to 60 days and/or up to $500 and/or up to 200 hours community service
(Misdemeanor of the third degree)
Up to 60 days and/or up to $500 and/or up to 200 hours community service
(Misdemeanor of the third degree)
2907.24 and 2907.25, Ohio Revised Code
Oklahoma 1st offense: 30 days to 1 yr and/or up to $2,500 and/or between 40-80 hours community service
2nd offense: 30 days to 1 yr and/or up to $5,000 and/or between 40-80 hours community service
3+ offenses: 30 days to 1 yr and/or up to $7,500 and/or between 40-80 hours community service
(Misdemeanor)
1st offense: 30 days to 1 yr and/or up to $2,500 and/or between 40-80 hours community service
2nd offense: 30 days to 1 yr and/or up to $5,000 and/or between 40-80 hours community service
3+ offenses: 30 days to 1 yr and/or up to $7,500 and/or between 40-80 hours community service
(Misdemeanor)
21-1029 and 21-1031, Oklahoma Statutes
Oregon Up to 364 days and/or between $100 and $6,250 and/or community service of up to 160 hours
(Class A misdemeanor)
Up to 364 days and/or between $100 and $6,250 and/or community service of up to 160 hours
(Class A misdemeanor)
167.007 and 167.008, Oregon Revised Statutes
Pennsylvania 1st and 2nd offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,500
3rd offense: up to 2 yrs and/or up to $5,000
4+ offenses: up to 5 yrs and/or $10,000
(1st and 2nd offense: misdemeanor of the third degree, 3rd offense: misdemeanor of the second degree, 4+ offenses: misdemeanor of the first degree)
1st and 2nd offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,500
3rd offense: up to 2 yrs and/or up to $5,000
4+ offenses: up to 5 yrs and/or $10,000
(1st and 2nd offense: misdemeanor of the third degree, 3rd offense: misdemeanor of the second degree, 4+ offenses: misdemeanor of the first degree)
5902, Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Rhode Island 1st offense: up to 6 months and/or between $250 and $1,000
2+ offenses: up to 1 yr and/or between $500 and $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
1st offense: up to 6 months and/or between $250 and $1,000
2+ offenses: up to 1 yr and/or between $500 and $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
11-34.1-2 and 11-34.1-3, State of Rhode Island General Laws
South Carolina 1st offense: up to 30 days and/or up to $200
2nd offense: up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: not less than 1yr and/or up to $3,000
1st offense: up to 30 days and/or up to $200
2nd offense: up to 6 months and/or up to $1,000
3+ offenses: not less than 1yr and/or up to $3,000
16-15-90, 16-15-100 and 16-15-110, South Carolina Code of Laws
South Dakota 1 yr and/or $2,000
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
1 yr and/or $2,000
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
22-23-1 and 22-23-9, Codified Laws
Tennessee Up to 6 months and/or up to $500
(Class B misdemeanor)
Up to 11 months and 29 days and/or up to $2,500
(Class A misdemeanor)
39-13-513 and 39-13-514, Tennessee Code
Texas 1st offense: up to 180 days and/or up to $2,000
2nd and 3rd offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $4,000
4+ offenses: between 180 days and 2 yrs and up to $10,000
(1st offense: Class B misdemeanor, 2nd and 3rd offense: Class A misdemeanor, 4+ offenses: state jail felony)
1st offense: up to 180 days and/or up to $2,000
2nd and 3rd offense: up to 1 yr and/or up to $4,000
4+ offenses: between 180 days and 2 yrs and up to $10,000
(1st offense: Class B misdemeanor, 2nd and 3rd offense: Class A misdemeanor, 4+ offenses: state jail felony)
43.02, Texas Statutes – Penal Code
Utah 1st offense: up to 6 months and up to $1,000
2+ offenses: up to 1 yr and up to $2,500
(1st offense: class B misdemeanor, 2+ offenses: class A misdemeanor)
1st and 2nd offense: up to 1 yr and $2,500
3+ offenses: up to 5 yrs and $5,000
(1st and 2nd offense: class A misdemeanor, 3+ offenses: third degree felony)
76-10-1302 and 76-10-1303, Utah Code
Vermont 1st offense: up to 1 yr or up to $100
2+ offenses: up to 3 yrs
1st offense: up to 1 yr or up to $100
2+ offenses: up to 3 yrs
2631 and 2632, Vermont Statutes
Virginia Up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,500
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
Up to 1 yr and/or up to $2,500
(Class 1 misdemeanor)
18.2-346, Code of Virginia
Washington Up to 90 days and/or up to $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 90 days and/or up to $1,000
(Misdemeanor)
9A.88.030 and 9A.88.110, Revised Code of Washington
West Virginia Between 60 days and 6 months and between $50 and $100 1st offense: between 60 days and 6 months and between $50 and $100
2nd offense: between 6 months and 1 yr and between $100 and $250
3+ offenses: between 1 yr and 3 yrs
§61-8-5, West Virginia Code
Wisconsin Up to 9 months and/or up to $10,000
(Class A misdemeanor)
1st and 2nd offense: up to 9 months and/or up to $10,000
3+ offenses: up to 3 yrs and 6 months and/or up to $10,000
(1st and 2nd offense: class A misdemeanor 3+ offenses: class I felony)
944.30 and 944.31, Wisconsin Statutes
Wyoming Up to 6 months and/or up to $750
(Misdemeanor)
Up to 6 months and/or up to $750
(Misdemeanor)
6-4-101 and 6-4-102, Wyoming Statutes
State Penalty for Prostitute
(crime classification)
Penalty for Customer
(crime classification)
Citation

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