New Jersey Prostitution Charges Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Prostitution Charges for Clients in Camden County and Across New Jersey
The embarrassment associated with a prostitution charge may feel overwhelming and hard to manage. Still, someone facing serious sex crime charges in New Jersey must stand up and defend themselves with the assistance of a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who won’t judge and who will fight for your freedom and your right to privacy.
If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge of prostitution, promoting prostitution, or human trafficking in New Jersey, seek the assistance of experienced Camden County criminal lawyer Jill R. Cohen. She will aggressively defend you and do everything possible to build a defense strategy that will help you avoid jail time, monetary fines, probation, and a permanent criminal charge on your record.
Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney Explains NJ Prostitution and Solicitation Charges and Possible Consequences
Prostitution charges may be levied when NJ law enforcement believes there was “an offer or acceptance to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money or property of economic value.”
- 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 crimes or second degree crimes.
Regardless of whether this is your first prostitution offense or a subsequent charge, if a minor is involved, you could be charged with a first degree crime and face jail time of between 10 and 20 years. In New Jersey, there is no defense arguing that the defendant “mistakenly believed that the child was 18 years of age or over.”
Ms. Cohen is one of the few lawyers in New Jersey who has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney. Additionally, she is a former Camden County assistant prosecutor. In that position, she worked closely with many prosecutors who routinely looked to convict people charged with prostitution. She knows how her former colleagues think and work and she will use that knowledge, and her own creative defense strategies, to fight tirelessly for you.
Facing Charges Related to Prostitution in NJ? Don’t Go It Alone
Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution: It is illegal in New Jersey to wander, remain, or prowl in a public place for the purpose of engaging in or promoting 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.
Promoting Prostitution: 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 with the purpose of engaging in prostitution; and 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; or a landlord who rents a trailer or other residence to someone knowing that the tenant will engage in prostitution there.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Lawyer Who Will Aggressively Defend You Against Prostitution or Solicitation Charges in New Jersey
A charge of prostitution in New Jersey can be a difficult and humiliating experience. When facing charges of prostitution or solicitation, you need a Camden County criminal lawyer with the experience and skills necessary to minimize the impact of sex crime charges. Cherry Hill criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen has helped countless individuals overcome prostitution charges and secure their right to privacy during legal proceedings in Camden, Gloucester Township, Winslow, West Deptford, and Atlantic City, NJ.
Contact Ms. Cohen’s office today to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your New Jersey sex crime charges. Ms. Cohen will put her decades of experience to work for you.