Prostitution Charges in Union County NJ
One of the more common sex related offenses encountered in the Union County court system is prostitution. The charge comes in several forms although all involve some form of sex for hire. Basically, anyone involved in offering (i.e. commonly referred to solicitation/soliciting) or accepting sex in return for money or something of value may be arrested and charged with prostitution. The most frequently encountered variety of this offense is solicitation but more serious charges like maintaining a house of prostitution and human trafficking are not uncommon. If you were arrested for engaging in prosecution in any capacity, we can help you. Whether you are facing disorderly persons charges in a town like Cranford, Linden, or Plainfield, or an indictable crime at the Superior Court, Elizabeth NJ, our attorneys have the skill set you need. Our team of defense lawyers, many of whom are former prosecutors, have handled 100s of prostitution related cases and know what is needed to achieve the best outcome for you. Call us 24/7 for a free consultation at 908-272-1700.
Basic of a New Jersey Prostitution Charge
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1, an individual engages in prostitution when they agree to provide something of value in exchange for sexual activity. The law implicates just about any form of conduct that is capable of facilitating sexual stimulation and/or gratification including intercourse, oral sex, or touching of genitals. The offense includes soliciting someone to hire a prostitute, as well as procuring or paying a prostitute for sex. It also makes it a violation to loiter for the purpose of prostitution. There are four (4) elements that the prosecutor must establish in order to obtain a conviction for soliciting or engaging in prostitution including: (1) that there was either an offer or acceptance of an offer; (2) to engage in sexual activity; (3) in exchange for something of value (e.g. money, merchandise, etc.); and (4) that the accused possessed a purpose to engage in this activity. A prostitution offense can come in the form of a disorderly persons offense, fourth degree crime, or a third degree crime. It is a disorderly persons offense to act as a customer/patron, commonly referred to as a “John”, or to serve as a prostitute. However, a second or subsequent offense of this nature is enhanced to a fourth degree crime. When a defendant knowingly engages in prostitution with someone under eighteen (18) years of age, it is a third degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1.
Penalties That Apply To A Prostitution Offense
The penalties for a disorderly persons offense of prostitution include up to six months in the county jail and a fine of $1,000. Fourth degree prostitution involves a maximum state prison term of 18 months and fine of up to $10,000. Third degree prostitution carries a prison sentence that can reach 5 years and a fine as high as $15,000. In addition, if a motor vehicle was used in the commission of a prostitution offense, the is a mandatory six (6) months drivers license suspension that applies.
Cranford NJ Prostitution Defense Attorneys
Our Cranford defense firm defends prostitution charges through Union County. We can offer a truly unique level of knowledge and experience, having honed our skills working as prosecutors. All of our skill is put to work for every client who chooses to hire. Call us at 908-272-1700 to learn how we can help you.