In the state of Washington, there are several statutes covering
prostitution and they can be found at
Since you didn't specify which definition of prostitution you are
looking for, it is difficult to provide you with sentence requirements
as certain prostitution crimes are misdemeanors and others are
felonies. As with most states, there are sentence guidlines, however,
extenuating circumstances such as weapons, locations, drug
involvement, past criminal history, and juvenille status , can have an
effect on the sentence.
Juvenille sentence standards can be found at
For misdemeanors, the State of Washington defines the punishement as
"Misdemeanors and Gross Misdemeanors. (a) Any crime punishable by a
fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in a
county jail for not more than ninety days, or by both such fine and
imprisonment is a misdemeanor. Whenever the performance of any act is
prohibited by any statute, and no penalty for the violation of such
statute is imposed, the committing of such act shall be a
misdemeanor." Based on this information, for misdemeanor prostitution
charges, the sentence cannot be more than 90 days and fines can be no
greater than $1,000.
A worksheet has been developed that determines felony sentencing. The
range of the sentence for promoting prostitution Class B felony can be
from 21 to 120 months, depending on offender history. The range of
the sentence for promoting prostitution Class C felony ranges from 1
to 60 months. These guidlines can be found on pages 158 and 159 of
the Washington Adult Sentencing Manual which can be found in PDF and
Word format at http://www.sgc.wa.gov/adult_sentencing_manual_2003.htm.
NOTE: These documents are over 250 pages long and may take awhile to
Thanks for your question. If you need any additional clarification,
please let me know.
washington state prostitution mandatory sentencing
Revised Code of Washington