What Happens if You’re Charged With Solicitation in NJ?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Oct 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Getting charged with a prostitution or solicitation crime in New Jersey can be humiliating. It can also result in serious long-term consequences—New Jersey has strict laws for sex crimes. It's a high price to pay for what may have been a simple misunderstanding. This will help you understand exactly what a solicitation crime is and the penalties for a conviction.

What Is the Crime of Solicitation in New Jersey?

The same New Jersey law covers both prostitution and solicitation. You can be charged with this crime if you:

  • Engage in sexual activity with someone in exchange for something of economic value
  • Offer or accept payment for sexual acts in exchange for some form of payment
  • Promote prostitution

You could also be charged if you're involved with organizing a prostitution ring, including renting your property out to be used for prostitution. If you encourage someone to become a prostitute, you could even be charged with a crime.

The solicitation and prostitution law in New Jersey has a very broad interpretation. It can involve the buying and selling of sexual intercourse, but it can also include things such as fondling, masturbation, or a lap dance. Prosecutors can therefore charge supposed perpetrators pretty easily. However, you can defend against this charge if no money was exchanged during the alleged transaction.

Penalties for Solicitation in New Jersey

The first offense for prostitution or solicitation is a disorderly persons offense, punishable by up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. The second and any subsequent offenses are fourth-degree felonies punishable by up to 18 months in prison and fines. If you use a vehicle to commit prostitution, you can also have your driver's license suspended for up to six months.

If there was a minor involved in the offense, it bumps it up to a third-degree felony, which results in three to five years in prison and fines. You also have to add your name to the statewide sexual offender registry if a minor was involved.

The repercussions of a solicitation charge can be long-lasting. If you are convicted, you'll not only have to serve jail time, but it will stay on your criminal record.

What to Do if You're Charged With Solicitation Mistakenly

If you get accused of breaking New Jersey's solicitation law but no money exchanged hands, you should defend the charges against you. The penalties are far too high for you to risk defending yourself alone, too. Call New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at the Lento Law Firm. We can help with your solicitation charge and guide you on how best to handle your situation. Call us at 888-535-3686 or contact us online to book an appointment.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

​​​Contact The Lento Law Firm Today

When it comes to criminal defense cases, you need the right person in your corner. To learn more about how Mr. Lento can help you, call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686. or contact him online.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.