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 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, Esq. 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.