Can I Go to Jail for Prostitution in New Jersey?

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Though not the harshest sex crime a person can face, prostitution is a crime and can warrant serious penalties. If you’re facing charges of prostitution in New Jersey, whether they involve hiring a prostitute or committing an act of prostitution, you’re most likely wondering about the potential consequences you may face, such as jail time. Please continue reading and reach out to a competent and aggressive New Jersey prostitution lawyer from our legal team to learn more about the penalties you may face and how we can help you fight them.

Does prostitution warrant jail time in New Jersey?

Prostitution is defined as engaging in a sexual activity in exchange for money or property. You should also note that you may face prostitution charges regardless of whether you’re the one performing or accepting the sexual activity. For a first offense, you will most likely face a disorderly persons charge. In this case, you’ll face a $1,000 fine and up to six months of incarceration. If you are caught either soliciting or engaging in an act of prostitution for a second time here in New Jersey, which is a fourth-degree crime, you will most likely face a $10,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail. You should also note that in some cases, you will face even harsher penalties, such as if you are accused of engaging in an act of prostitution with a minor.

Anyone facing sex charges involving a minor will most likely have to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. This means that the general public will know what you did, who you are, and, most likely, when you move into their neighborhood. The bottom line is regardless of the prostitution charges you’re facing, they will most likely follow you for the rest of your life upon conviction. This is why you simply can’t afford to proceed without a New Jersey sex crimes attorney in your corner. Our firm is here to help.


The Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri prides itself on providing our clients with the competent, honest, and effective legal advice they deserve. Whether you are facing sex crime charges, require assistance filing for bankruptcy, or are looking to go through the foreclosure mediation process, you can depend on us to fight for your rights through every step of the process going forward. Contact the Law Office Boyd & Squitieri today to learn more about how our legal team can help you.