Over a three-day period in September, nine (9) individuals were taken into custody by the Trenton Police Department for their alleged involvement in a prostitution ring. According to representatives from the Trenton Police Department, authorities received multiple complaints about prostitution activity in the city. Authorities said that the illegal activity was “blatant” and apparent. Under the direction of Detective Lt. John Breece, Trenton police quickly took action to stop the activity.Several individuals were taken to jail and charged with prostitution, including 20-year-old Allison Murray, 44-year-old Julian C. Standing-Elk, 49-year-old Lisa Houseton, 26-year-old Marissa Shanko, 24-year-old Lauren Shingola, and 28-year-old Shadon D. White. Additionally, 30-year-old Darren J. Kmetz has been charged with obstructing the administration of law, conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was reportedly wanted on other unrelated active warrants.It is unclear whether any of these individuals have hired a criminal defense attorney yet. In most NJ sex crime cases, it is imperative that the accused have competent legal counsel representing them and protecting their interests throughout the legal process.
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In New Jersey, prostitution is considered a serious offense. If convicted, a first-time offender can be sentenced to up to six (6) months in jail and face fines of up to $1,000. Subsequent offenses could result in felony charges and a sentence of up to 18 months in prison. If you have been charged with prostitution or similar crimes in New Jersey, then you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you minimize your penalties and protect your rights. The criminal defense attorneys at the Davis Law Firm, LLC represent clients who face criminal charges in Trenton, Hamilton, Ewing Township, East Windsor, Princeton, and elsewhere in Mercer County, NJ. You can reach us by calling 609-587-9100 or by filling out the online contact form. Our office is located at 2653 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619.The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.