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Promoting Prostitution

Linden NJ Promoting Prostitution Defense Lawyers

While there are many types of conduct that can fall under the category of “promoting prostitution”, the classic case involves operation of a business that sells sex. If you have been accused of owning, supervising or managing an escort service/brothel, or any other variety of promoting prostitution offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1, you face significant penalties. For example, you could be sentenced, if you are convicted, to anywhere from 18 months to 20 years in state prison depending on whether your charge is a first degree, third degree or fourth degree promoting prostitution offense. At our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we have significant experience defending prostitution, human trafficking and sex crimes. This should probably be expected as most of our 7 defense attorneys, which comprises one of the largest criminal defense firms in the state, are former prosecutors with over 100 years of collective experience. Our attorneys also happen to appear in Elizabeth at the Union County Superior Court on a regular basis. Call us for immediate assistance 24/7 at 908-272-1700.

How Can I Be Charged With Promoting Prostitution Under NJ Law?

There are basically seven (7) ways under which N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1 allows an individual to be charged with promoting prostitution in Linden, Elizabeth, Rahway, Plainfield, Scotch Plains or another Union County municipality. When an individual knowingly engages in any of the following action, they may be arrested and indicted under this law:

  1. Owning, controlling, managing, or supervising a prostitution business;
  2. Procuring an inmate for a house of prostitution;
  3. Causing another to become or remain a prostitute;
  4. Soliciting someone to use a prostitute;
  5. Obtaining a prostitute for someone;
  6. Transporting a person to engage in prostitution; or
  7. Leasing or permitting property to be used for prostitution.

In applying this statute, a person, other than the prostitute, is presumed to knowingly violate this law where they are supported by proceeds from prostitution. This does not relieve the prosecutor from his/her burden of proving that the accused promoted prostitution but rather affords him/her with an instruction to the jury that they may presume this fact if they so choose.

Grading Of This Charge

It is a first degree crime for an individual to promote prostitution of someone under 18 years old or to prompt their child or ward to engage in such conduct. It is a third degree crime to engage in the conduct set forth in categories 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7. It is a fourth degree crime to solicit or obtain a prostitute (i.e. category 4 & 5).

Penalties for Promoting Prostitution

The standard penalties in terms of incarceration apply, namely, up to 18 months, 5 years, and 20 years for a fourth degree, third degree and first degree conviction. The maximum fine is $10,000 for a forth degree, $15,000 for a third degree and $200,000 for a first degree. The prison term is up to 18 month for fourth degree promoting prostitution, up to 5 years for third degree promoting prostitution and 10-20 years for first degree promoting prostitution.

Rahway NJ Promoting Prostitution Attorney

It should be clear to you from this discussion that you face serious penalties if it is proven that you promoted gambling in Hillside, Springfield, Kenilworth, Roselle, Cranford or elsewhere. A conviction will result in not only a felony record but also expose you to the possibility of going to state prison for at least 18 months and, in many cases, significantly more time. You need a skilled attorney to avoid these types of consequences and that is what we can provide. Call an experienced prostitution defense lawyer from our firm to discuss your case free of charge. Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can be reached now at 908-272-1700.