The practice of performing sexual acts for compensation or for hire can carry serious consequences if arrested and charged. Not only can the prostitute be charged, but also the person paying for the services and the person acting as a middleman (pimp or panderer).
Not only is prostitution a crime, but it can be dangerous and met with very little public sympathy for anyone arrested and charged. In this type of hostile environment, it is absolutely vital that anyone who IS charged in DuPage County with any of the various violations of prostitution laws secures the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney, practiced in the area of prostitution offenses.
There are many prostitution related offenses, including:
Soliciting a prostitute means engaging a prostitute with the intent of sexual activity but without actually committing an act. In other words, it is not necessary to have sex with a prostitute in order to break the law.
Patronizing a prostitute, on the other hand, involves a completed exchange of valuables for sex. As a more serious offense, it carries heavier penalties.
Promoting a prostitute can happen in a number of ways. If an individual profits from the activity, provides shelter, arranges a meeting, or facilitates the crime in any other way, then they can be held liable in court.
Any of the above sexual crimes can be elevated to a more serious charge under any one of several factors. Examples include if the prostitute who is under 18 years of age or mentally impaired, the offense occurs within the vicinity of a school, or it is a repeat offense. Often these cases are tried as a felony offense.
It should be noted that a minor arrested for providing prostitution services will not be criminally charged. They will instead be placed under the care of the state.
Soliciting a prostitute is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $2,500.
Patronizing a prostitute is a Class 4 felony, the lowest of felony charges, and carries a sentence of up to 3 years in prison and a possible fine of $25,000. Aggravating factors elevate the charge to a Class 3 felony, which can result in up to 5 years in jail and a fine up to $25,000.
Promoting prostitution, commonly called pimping, is typically a Class 4 felony. Depending on several factors, however, it can be raised to a Class 1 felony with up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Apart from all these potential consequences, a conviction will result with placement on the Illinois Sex Offender registry. As is well known, this will disrupt even everyday tasks, like commuting to work or using social media.
The majority of arrests of prostitutes involve entrapment, invasion of privacy and/or the use of discriminatory laws or tactics. While there are movements to legalize prostitution, the fact remains that it is still a crime in Illinois. It is a risky business and still carries a social stigma.
In some cases, the factors of human trafficking enforced prostitution and /or abuse by and fear of the pimp or panderer must be considered. It is important to know what your legal rights and options are in the case of a charge of prostitution. Additionally, a lawyer has other tactics that can lessen or drop your charges, such as arguing that you were reasonably unaware a prostitute was underage.
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