Sex crimes, even if only misdemeanors, are politically sensitive and therefore are closely scrutinized by judges and prosecutors. It is pretty much accepted that almost any sexually charged case can be viewed as a “crime of violence”. As such the courts sometimes see a defendant as a potentially violent offender. If the judge sees the offense as one in a pattern of escalating conduct, the penalties will be more severe than otherwise, and several months of psychotherapy may be included in the sentence imposed.
Misdemeanor sex crimes include indecent exposure (which is punishable by up to one year in jail, and/or $1,000 fine and probation) and unnatural and lascivious acts (which is punishable by up to sixty days in jail, and/or a $500 fine and probation.
Solicitation for prostitution and related “sex for hire” offenses are enhanced penalty crimes which means that each conviction increases the possible punishment imposed. A first offense is punishable by up to sixty days jail time and/or $500 fine; a second offense is a first degree misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in jail and/or $1,000 fine and probation. A third offense can be charged as a third degree felony which has a maximum five years in prison and/or $5,000 fine and probation.
Misdemeanor sex offenses carry their “built-in” punishments of public notoriety by publication of a defendant’s name in local newspapers, and possible loss of employment. If a defendant is found guilty, such a misdemeanor record will likely hinder obtaining future employment and security clearances.