Prostitution may be the “oldest profession” but the fact of the matter is that it remains illegal in Illinois. Regardless of your views on the subject, if you are arrested for offering sex in exchange for money then you will face criminal charges. A conviction can mean jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record which you must explain in job interviews. It is important that you have a lawyer to assist you. I am a Peoria prostitution defense attorney who assists those facing the criminal justice system. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Peoria misdemeanor lawyer handling Illinois prostitution cases
A person can be charged for prostitution when 1) they are over the age of eighteen and 2) they offer sexual acts in exchange for money, property, or other compensation. A sexual act does not have to actually occur – simply making the offer is enough to have committed a crime. First offenses will typically be charged as a Class “A” misdemeanor and will carry a sentence of one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. This is in addition to fines and having a criminal record which must be explained during background checks.
The first step in a misdemeanor case is to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” at an arraignment. A trial date will be set. Many prostitution cases hinge on whether law enforcement violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights during an arrest; if the police arrested someone on mere suspicion of criminal activity then it is possible to challenge the case through a Motion To Suppress Evidence. If this Motion is not successful then the prosecution will have the burden of proving that an offer was made and that it was serious and not simply a joke. The criminal justice system can be complicated and it is strongly suggested that you retain an attorney to assist you.
As a Peoria criminal defense lawyer, I assist those who have been arrested and charged with prostitution. Once retained, I will obtain the police reports, witness statements, and any other evidence which the prosecution must provide under Brady v. Maryland. I will visit the scene of the arrest and file any Motions necessary to correct a violation of your Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights. I will ensure that you are prepared for trial and will make sure you know what to expect from the process. Your rights will be protected from beginning to end. You need an attorney who understands that you are in a serious situation. I will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact my firm today.
In addition to Peoria, I service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.
Peoria attorney providing quality service to those facing prostitution charges
If you are facing a prostitution charge, or any other criminal matter, then you need an attorney who will provide quality service. I am a former prosecutor with over twenty years of legal experience. I am familiar with the local court systems. I also believe in staying in contact with my clients. I quickly respond to messages, I regularly provide clients with my cell phone number, and I make myself available to address questions or concerns. My firm is founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to the highest level of respect. This is my approach in every case I handle.