Patronizing a Prostitute
(Colorado 18-7-205 C.R.S.)

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Engaging the services of a prostitute in Colorado

Colorado Revised Statutes 18-7-205 (1) C.R.S. provides:

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.

If the prostitute is under 18, however, it is the more serious felony crime of patronizing a prostituted child,18-7-406 C.R.S.

To help you better understand the crime of patronizing a prostitute, our Colorado criminal defense lawyers discuss the following, below:

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1. The difference between soliciting and patronizing a prostitute

In general, the difference between soliciting and patronizing a prostitute is the difference between asking and getting. You solicit a prostitute under 18–7–202 C.R.S. when you offer money for sex. You patronize a prostitute under 18-7-205 C.R.S. once you engage in a sexual act with a prostitute or enter a place of prostitution with the intent of performing such an act.

2. Colorado penalties for patronizing a prostitute

Patronizing a prostitute is a Colorado class 1 misdemeanor. Consequences of hiring a prostitute can include:

  • 6 - 18 months in jail, and/or
  • A fine of $500-$5,000.

You may also be fined up to an additional $5,000 for Colorado's prostitution enforcement cash fund.1

3. Defenses to patronizing a prostitute

Common defenses to engaging a prostitute in Colorado include (but are not limited to):

  • You did not engage in a sex act with the other person,
  • The person was not a prostitute,
  • You didn't know the other person was a prostitute,
  • You didn't pay anything for the sex,
  • You didn't know you were entering a place of prostitution,
  • You entered the place of prostitution for a purpose other than sex, or
  • The police entrapped you or there was other police misconduct.

Call us for help…

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When it comes to sex, intentions are often misunderstood. Yet those misunderstandings can lead to an arrest for patronizing a prostitute, even when you did nothing wrong.

Our Denver sex crimes attorneys understand the consequences of a false accusation for being a john. It's more than just being accused of a crime.

That's why our compassionate Colorado criminal lawyers don't just process you through the system. We fight prostitution-related accusations with the same vigor with which we defend any other crime.

If you have been charged with patronizing or soliciting a prostitute in Colorado, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Find out why we are considered some of the best sex crimes lawyers in Denver.

You can reach us through the form on this page, or by calling us at our Denver home office:

Colorado Legal Defense Group
1400 16th Street
16 Market Square
Denver CO 80202
720-955-6112


Legal references:

  1. 24-33.5-513 C.R.S.

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