Asbury Park Prostitution and Solicitation Charges Attorney

Criminal Defense Attorney defends those accused of Prostitution and Solicitation Charges in Asbury Park and throughout Monmouth County.

Have you been arrested and charged with Solicitation of a Prostitute in New Jersey? If so, Anthony N. Palumbo, a criminal defense attorney, can help. He has been defending individuals against solicitation of prostitution charges in New Jersey for almost four decades. As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, Anthony N. Palumbo can give you an honest assessment of the penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief. If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact Anthony N. Palumbo at 1-866-664-8118.

Asbury Park Undercover Prostitution/Solicitation Sting Operations

Asbury Park is an iconic New Jersey Shore town that boasts historic sites and unrivaled experiences along the Atlantic Ocean. Despite this wholesome image, Asbury Park also has its share of criminal activity relating to prostitution and solicitation.

Due to the thriving nature of the "world's oldest profession," familiar scenes have repeatedly taken place in the coastal community. Unsuspecting men have consistently approached undercover female police officers posing as prostitutes in order to make business propositions of sex in exchange for compensation. Just last year, 16 men were arrested in one evening for soliciting prostitution in Asbury Park. On another similar occasion, several months later, police arrested 19 men over the course of a few hours on a Friday evening.

Because of the illegal nature and exploitation that often accompanies prostitution; officials in Asbury Park have taken a hard approach against those who patronize prostitutes, often being aggressive in their pursuit. Anthony N. Palumbo is an experienced defense attorney who has experience defending those accused of prostitution and solicitation, and can help prevent convictions for this crime.

Quality Legal Representation

Recently in March 2011, Anthony N. Palumbo represented a client charged with solicitation of a prostitute in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In addition to the significant fines and penalties associated with the prostitution offense, the individual also faced the possibility of losing his license for six months as he had used his car during the solicitation. In addition to these direct penalties and fines, the client was also concerned about the impact that these charges would have on his future, his potential employment, and other opportunities.

Mr. Palumbo reassured his client that he would be able to fight for his rights successfully. As an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, Anthony N. Palumbo was able to have the charges downgraded to another offense that did not involve the crime of prostitution in any form. This saved his client from the negative stigma associated with the solicitation of a prostitute offense. In addition, his client's license was not suspended. These sorts of results are typical of the success that Anthony N. Palumbo attains for his clients.

Understanding the Crime of Prostitution/Solicitation

Prostitution falls under Chapter 34 of the New Jersey Criminal Code under the heading of "Public Indecency." Prostitution is defined as "sexual activity with another person in exchange for something of economic value, or the offer or acceptance of an offer to engage in sexual activity in exchange for something of economic value." This crime is constructed broadly enough to encompass almost any sexual activity and hold liable not only those that engage directly in prostitution, but also those who knowingly benefit from those who commit the sexual acts. The prohibition against the solicitation of prostitution is often used as a device for prosecuting those who seek to purchase sexual service from prostitutes.

1. Solicitation of a Prostitute

Solicitation is typically a disorderly person's offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1. Solicitation of a prostitute 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, with strict liability attaching.

Convictions resulting from disorderly person offenses usually result in a criminal record that is not eligible for expungement for five (5) years. This means that a conviction shall follow an individual around for a minimum of 5 years absent defense and/or a downgrade of the charge. Further consequences may include up to six (6) months in jail, fines, probation, and even driver's license suspension if a motor vehicle was used during the solicitation of a prostitute.

If the crime charged is over the third-degree because of the age of the individual that is solicited as a prostitute, more substantial penalties accompany a conviction. A third degree crime can carry anywhere from three to five years of prison time. If it is an individual's first offense, however, there is no presumption of incarceration. As a result, it is likely that if the accused is assisted by a good defense attorney, he will probably receive probation and a variety of fines as his punishment.

Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in Monmouth County

I, Anthony Palumbo, have the experience necessary to fight these charges. I have had success reducing my clients' penalties, winning trials, and negotiating plea agreements. Let me use my experience to help you. Contact me, a criminal defense attorney in New Jersey, to discuss your case.

As a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney I have been defending individuals against prostitution charges, including those involving minors, in Monmouth County, New Jersey for almost four decades. As a longstanding member of the legal community, a former prosecutor, and a current public defender, I can give you an honest assessment of the penalties you face and the best possible avenues of relief. If you would like to discuss your case, freely and confidentially, with an experienced attorney at no obligation, contact me at 1-866-664-8118 for a free consultation.