Westmont Prostitution Defense Lawyer
Advocating for the Criminally Accused in Camden County
The embarrassment associated with a prostitution charge may feel overwhelming and impossible to manage. Still, anyone facing serious sex crime charges must stand up and defend themselves with the assistance of a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who won’t judge them but will fight for their freedom and their right to privacy.
If you or someone you know is facing charges for prostitution, promoting prostitution, or human trafficking, seek the assistance of experienced Westmont prostitution defense lawyer Jill R. Cohen. She can aggressively defend you and do everything possible to build an effective defense strategy that will help you avoid jail time, monetary fines, probation, and a permanent criminal record.
Call (856) 351-5115 now to discuss your charges with us during a free consultation.
Understanding Prostitution & Solicitation Charges
Law enforcement may levy prostitution charges when they believe there was “an offer or acceptance to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money or property of economic value.”
The charges and penalties associated with prostitution depend on the circumstances of the incident and whether you have been convicted for prostitution in the past.
Charges and penalties are outlined as follows:
- A first-time conviction of prostitution is almost always regarded as a disorderly persons offense. A municipal court judge can impose a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to six months.
- Second- and third-time prostitution convictions usually qualify as fourth-degree crimes, carrying a maximum fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison.
- Fourth and subsequent convictions are classified as third-degree or second-degree crimes depending on the circumstances.
Regardless of whether this is your first offense or a subsequent charge, you could be charged with a first-degree crime and face jail time of between 10 and 20 years if a minor is involved. In New Jersey, there is no defense arguing that the defendant “mistakenly believed that the child was at least 18 years of age.”
Attorney Jill Cohen is one of the few lawyers in New Jersey who has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. Additionally, she is a former Camden County assistant prosecutor. In that position, she worked closely with many prosecutors who routinely fought to convict people charged with prostitution. She knows how her former colleagues think and work, and she can use that knowledge – as well as her own creative defense strategies – to fight tirelessly for you.
Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution
It is illegal in New Jersey to wander, remain, or prowl in a public place to engage in or promote prostitution. A public place is defined as any place to which the public has access, such as streets, parking lots, sidewalks, parks, public libraries, or a motor vehicle in any such place.
Additionally, a person could be charged with a disorderly persons offense if they engaged in conduct that could be seen as an attempt to engage in prostitution, such as approaching someone in a bar or hotel or repeatedly beckoning, stopping, or attempting to stop pedestrians or motorists in a public place.
Under NJ law, promoting prostitution includes:
- Owning, managing or otherwise keeping a house where prostitution occurs
- Encouraging or otherwise purposely causing another to become or remain a prostitute
- Transporting a person into or within the state to engage in prostitution
- Knowingly leasing or otherwise permitting a place to be regularly used for prostitution or promotion of prostitution, or failure to make reasonable effort to deter such use by ejecting the tenant or notifying law enforcement authorities
If a person other than the prostitute or the prostitute’s dependent child is supported by money earned from prostitution, then that person can be charged with promoting prostitution.
Examples of those who could be convicted of promoting prostitution include:
- An individual who takes a portion of the prostitute’s earnings
- A hotel employee who arranges for a prostitute to visit a guest
- A landlord who rents a trailer or other residence to someone knowing that the tenant will engage in prostitution there
Choose The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen
Being arrested for prostitution can be a difficult and humiliating experience. When facing charges of prostitution or solicitation, you need a knowledgeable lawyer with the experience and skills necessary to minimize the impact of your sex crime charges. Westmont prostitution defense attorney Jill R. Cohen has helped countless individuals overcome prostitution charges and secure their right to privacy during legal proceedings.
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