New Jersey law defines prostitution as the offer or acceptance to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money or property.
This means that whether you’re a prostitute or a customer, you can be charged identically, and the law makes no real distinction between soliciting for prostitution and prostitution itself.
As a first offense, prostitution is a Disorderly Persons Offense (what most states call a misdemeanor), and carries a sentence of up to six months and fines of up to $1,000.
For subsequent convictions, or in instances where a minor is involved, penalties are increased and are charged as indictable offenses (felonies).
The state is required to prove the elements of the crime in any prosecution, and when it comes to the charge of soliciting for prostitution, the allegations are usually open to interpretation.
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