This is the final post in a series of articles discussing defending against solicitation charges in Peoria, Illinois. Solicitation is taken very seriously by law enforcement in Illinois and elsewhere. Charges and convictions for solicitation result in serious criminal penalties and personal consequences. The goal in this series has been to provide information about common defenses and to emphasize the importance of retaining a knowledgeable attorney to vigorously defend your interests. If you have been accused of solicitation, contact my office today to speak to a lawyer.
The series addressed the following topics:
- Search and seizure issues in solicitation charges
- Criminal as well as other consequences for solicitation charges and convictions
- Expunging a prostitution or solicitation conviction
In light of the long-term consequences of a solicitation conviction, understanding how one may defend oneself when charged is essential. First, given the aggressive enforcement approach taken by police, it is not uncommon for a violation of a suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights to have occurred. When this happens, evidence may be excluded and charges against the accused may be dismissed. Second, the criminal penalties and non-criminal consequences resulting from a solicitation charge can be severe and long-lasting. Engaging criminal defense counsel to represent your interests is essential. Third, under certain circumstances, solicitation charges may be expunged from a criminal record. When a person is eligible for expungement, it is extremely beneficial to pursue this option.
I am a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience defending my clients against solicitation charges. If you or someone you know has been arrested, contact my office today to speak with a Peoria defense lawyer. My office also represents clients in Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.