There are several prostitution related offenses, including soliciting, patronizing, and promoting prostitution, in addition to simply providing sexual services for goods or valuables.
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 these 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.
Some of the areas of prostitution charge defense that our attorneys handle include:
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.
An experienced attorney can fight aggressively to ensure that all of your rights are protected. If your rights have not upheld, it may be possible to have your case thrown out. 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.
As stated, even though public indecency is one of the lesser sexual crimes, a charge should be taken seriously. This is especially true because the possibility of a felony conviction and placement on the Sex Offender Registry. It is important not to let a simple slip of reasoning define your future.
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