Promoting Prostitution Attorney in Hudson County


Promoting Prostitution was commonly referred to as “pimping” but now the statute in New Jersey covers a broad range of acts and has many different meanings. Under the law, promoting prostitution can be as simple as posting an ad on craigslist or as intricate as running a multi-million dollar brothel that fronts as an escort service or massage parlor. Promoting prostitution charges are typically fourth or third degree indictable crimes depending on the circumstances. However, a charge for promoting prostitution can quickly be upgraded to a second degree crime if the alleged prostitution involves minors under the age of 18 or children under your care. A second degree charge carries 5 – 10 years in state prison with a presumption of incarceration if you plead guilty or are found guilty. As you can see, the circumstances vary quit drastically depending on the exact facts of each case and situation of each defendant. However, this often gives criminal defense attorneys wide latitude to negotiate with the prosecutor for substantial downgrade of the charges or ultimately even a dismissal. If you would like to learn more about how our lawyers can help you or your loved one, contact us today for a free consultation.


N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1(a)(4) defines “promoting prostitution” to include seven (7) activities:

  1. Owning, controlling, managing, supervising or otherwise keeping, alone or in association with another, a house of prostitution or a prostitution business;
  2. Procuring an inmate for a house of prostitution or place in a house of prostitution for one who would be an inmate;
  3. Encouraging, inducing, or otherwise purposely causing another to become or remain a prostitute;
  4. Soliciting a person to patronize a prostitute;
  5. Procuring a prostitute for a patron;
  6. Transporting a person into or within this State with purpose to promote that person’s engaging in prostitution, or procuring or paying for transportation with that purpose; or
  7. Knowingly leasing or otherwise permitting a place controlled by the actor, alone or in association with others, to be regularly used for prostitution or promotion of prostitution, or failure to make a reasonable effort to abate such use by ejecting the tenant, notifying law enforcement authorities, or other legally available means.


In some rare cases we see promoting prostitution upgraded to a first degree crime where the prostitute is a minor and under the age of eighteen (18) or if the defendant is promoting the prostitution of their own child. In these cases a prison term of between ten (10) to twenty (20) years would apply if convicted. However, the vast majority of promoting prostitution charges these days are from working girls posting their own ads online in order to induce “johns” to come knocking. These promoting charges can normally be downgraded to a a lower charge of solicitation of prostitution which would normally be handled in the municipal court rather than superior court. Either way, if you have been charged with promoting prostitution then it is important that you contact an experienced criminal attorney who can go over the facts of your case and outline any possible defenses during a free consultation.