Many will argue that solicitation is a “victimless” crime. The fact of the matter, however, is that it is illegal in Illinois to solicit sexual acts in exchange for money. Those who make the offer and those who accept can both face charges. A solicitation arrest can result in a permanent record, fines, and other future problems. It is important that you retain an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. I am a Peoria criminal defense attorney who handles Illinois solicitation cases. Contact my office today to schedule a consultation.
Peoria solicitation lawyer defending those who face misdemeanor charges
It is a crime in Illinois to offer someone money, property, or other compensation in exchange for sexual acts. Under 720 ILCS 5/11-14.1, a first offense for solicitation will be charged as a Class “A” misdemeanor. A conviction can result in up to one year in jail and fine of up to $2,500. If, however, the victim (the person being solicited) was under the age of eighteen or mentally disabled then the defendant will be charged with a Class 4 felony with a maximum sentence of one to three years.
Solicitation cases will begin with the defendant entering a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” at an arraignment. It is the prosecution’s burden to prove that a crime occurred. If statements were taken from the defendant in violation of his or her Miranda rights, or through means which violated the Fourth Amendment, then it may be possible to keep such statements out of court. Also, the prosecution must be able to prove intent and that the “offer” was serious rather than a joke. The ultimate issue of guilt or innocence will be decided by a jury and a Judge, should there be a conviction, will issue a sentence. Illinois’ criminal justice system has many complexities and it is important that you retain an attorney to assist you.
I am a Peoria solicitation lawyer assisting those who have been arrested. I will use an initial consultation to hear your side of the story, to determine possible defenses, and to help you understand what to expect as the case goes forward. After your arraignment I will obtain the arrest reports and any other relevant evidence. If your rights were violated then I will file the appropriate Motions with the Court and law enforcement will be aggressively questioned at an evidentiary hearing. If necessary, I will take your case to trial and fight the charges on the grounds of intent. I understand that you are facing a serious situation. As an attorney, I will take it seriously. 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 effective representation in solicitation cases
If you have been arrested for solicitation then you are likely embarrassed and are not sure what to do. You need experienced counsel to guide you through the process. I am a former prosecuting attorney with over twenty years of legal experience. My goal is to provide effective representation while offering quality service. I will quickly return your phone calls, I often give out my cell phone number, and I make myself available to answer questions or concerns. I believe that everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense, regardless of the situation.