Prostitution or Sexual Conduct For a Fee

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 272, Section 53A, criminalizes the act of prostitution; in other words, the conduct of engaging, agreeing to engage, or offering to engage in sexual conduct for a fee.

The penalty for the crime of Sexual Conduct for a Fee is imprisonment in jail or House of Corrections for up to 1 year, and a fine of up to $500.  A conviction also requires the offender to submit a DNA sample to the Massachusetts DNA Database.

In order to be convicted of the crime of Sexual Conduct for a Fee, the prosecutor is required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt:
  1. That the defendant either engaged, or agreed to engage, or offered to engage in sexual conduct with another person; and
  2. That the sexual conduct was to be done in return for a fee.
By definition, someone can only be convicted of Prostitution or Sexual Conduct for a Fee if the sexual conduct was in exchange for a fee - in other words, that the 'transaction' was of a commercial nature.

The legal definition of 'sexual conduct' in Massachusetts includes intercourse, oral sex and any intrusion of a part of someone's body or some other object into the genital or anal area of another person's body.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis is available 24/7 for consultation and has extensive experience in defending persons charged with Sex Crimes, including Criminal Harassment, Deriving Support from a Prostitute, Dissemination of Obscene Material, and Rape.

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