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New Jersey Prostitution Defense Attorney

Prostitution might very well be the oldest occupation known to man. It also may come as no surprise that actions that promote prostitution (e.g. solicitation) are not unusual in New Jersey. Whether it is the result of an undercover operation, a sting or just bad luck, an arrest for prostitution, promoting, or loitering for purposes of prostitution, is not something which anyone wants to deal with. Fortunately, the lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, have decades of experience defending individuals throughout NJ. If you or a loved one was charged with any prostitution related offense like soliciting a prostitute, our attorneys are here to help you. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case in Middlesex County, Union County, Monmouth County, Essex County, Hudson County or elsewhere in NJ.

New Jersey Prostitution Law – 2C:34-1

Three areas are addressed under this law including Prostitution, Promoting Prostitution and Loitering for Purposes of Prosecution. The term prostitution is defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1 as the offer or acceptance to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money or property. Sexual activity includes not only intercourse and oral sex, but also touching of body parts for sexual gratification. To be held criminally accountable under the statute, an individual must also act with the purpose of engaging in or promoting prostitution. Four (4) facts must be established by the prosecutor to obtain a conviction for prostitution under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1:

1. That a solicitation - an offer or acceptance of an offer - took place;
2. The agreement involved a sexual activity;
3. The parties contemplated an exchange of value; and
4. The defendant possessed the purpose to engage in this conduct.

Degree of Offense
Prostitution is typically a disorderly persons offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1. Prostitution is graded up to a Fourth Degree crime where the charge is an individual's second or subsequent conviction. This offense can also be charged as a Third Degree where someone under the age of eighteen (18) is involved in the solicitation. It should be noted, in this regard, that lack of knowledge that the participant was under eighteen (18) is no defense under the law.

Promoting Prostitution

Conduct does not promote prostitution unless it is with the purpose to promote a third party to engage in prositution. The charge of promoting prostitution may be filed based on one of seven (7) proscribed types of acts under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1: (1) maintaining a prostitution business; (2) procuring an Inmate for use in prostitution; (3) inducing another to become a prostitute;(4) soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute; (5) procuring a prostitute for a patron; (6) transporting a person to engage in prostitution; and (7) permitting property to be regularily used for prostitution. Promoting prostitution is typically a Third Degree offense.

Loitering for Purposes of Prostitution

This charge is a disorderly persons offense. To be found guilty of loitering for purposes of prostitution, the state must establish that an accused was wandering, remaining or prowling in a public area with the purpose of promoting, soliciting or engaging in prostitution.

The Right Defense Lawyers

There is no question that a major criteria when selecting an attorney is experience, something which our legal team clearly possesses. But you also should know that our lawyers are acutely sensitive to the real life issues facing those charged with soliciting a prostitute or prostitution. An attorney from our law firm would be happy to review the facts of your case and to formulate a defense strategy that allows you to resolve your prostitution related charge as painlessly as possible. Your pending offense in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Union County, Essex County, Hudson County or other county in NJ is not going to simply go away but our defense team will make certain that the case is resolved satisfactorily. An attorney from our firm is just a telephone call away at 1-877-450-8301.

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The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of John F. Marshall represent New Jersey adult and juvenile clients from offices in Shrewsbury, Cranford, Toms River, Jersey City and New Brunswick. We provide prompt and convenient client service to people in such communities as Newark, Plainfield, Freehold, Eatontown, East Brunswick, Edison, Woodbridge, Westfield, Clark, Rahway, Piscataway, Sayreville, Elizabeth, Middletown, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Jackson, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Edison, Old Bridge, Aberdeen, Linden, Belmar, Eatontown, Hazlet, Holmdel, Ocean, Sea Bright, Hoboken, Weehawken, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Tinton Falls, Wall, Brick, Dover, Jackson, and other locations in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, Ocean County, Burlington County, Mercer County, Essex County, Hudson County and Morris County.

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