Have you or someone you know been arrested for prostitution in Chicago? If so, it is important to speak with an experienced Chicago prostitution defense attorney as soon as possible. Chicago has established special task forces and investigative units with the sole purpose of fighting prostitution, solicitation, and trafficking. The state’s attorney will not hesitate to prosecute you to the full extent of the law. This can have serious and debilitating criminal consequences and affect your ability to live a normal life. It is incredibly important to take your defense seriously.
At the Kostopoulos Law Group, our attorneys are uniquely qualified to offer legal representation to criminal defendants in Chicago. We have more than 30 years of combined legal experience and, as former prosecutors, have an in-depth understanding of how the State’s Attorney will approach serious criminal charges like prostitution. Using this knowledge and experience, we can offer our clients the best criminal defense representation in Chicago. Contact our Chicago prostitution attorneys today to schedule a free consultation. We will review the charges against you, explain your legal rights, and answer any questions you may have.
Prostitution in Chicago
In Chicago, it is a crime to have sex in exchange for money or compensation of some kind. You can be charged with prostitution, as defined in 720 ILCS 5/11-14, when you:
- Offer or agree to perform;
- Any act of sexual penetration, touching, or fondling of the sex organs;
- In exchange for money, property, token, object, article, or anything of value;
- For the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.
The Chicago State’s Attorney will have to prove each and every element of the crime to convict you. In order to do this, they will have to provide evidence to support their claim. Evidence that they can use to prove their case may include eyewitness testimony, photographs, video footage, receipts, bank account statements, DNA evidence, and forensic evidence.
Penalties for Prostitution in Chicago
First-time prostitution offenders will generally be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of misdemeanor prostitution in Chicago, your criminal sentence could include:
- Up to one year in a Chicago jail;
- Probation; and/or
- $2,5000 in fines.
You can be charged with felony prostitution if this is not your first prostitution offense or if you commit the crime within 1,000 feet of school property. If you are convicted of this Class 4 Felony in Chicago, your criminal sentence could include:
- 1-3 years in an Illinois state prison;
- Probation; and/or
- $25,000 in fines.
Collateral Consequences of a Prostitution Conviction
A criminal conviction for prostitution in Chicago can stay with you forever. A criminal record will make it incredibly difficult to live your life once you have completed your criminal sentence. Employers may decide to hire an applicant without a criminal record, landlords may not want to rent you an apartment, and banks can decide that you’re not the right fit for a loan.
A criminal conviction for prostitution could also result in:
- The loss of professional licenses;
- Inability to participate in government welfare programs;
- Child custody complications;
- Inability to hold public office; and
- Registration as a sex offender in Chicago.
Crimes Related to Prostitution
The crime of prostitution does not exist in a bubble. Prostitution is generally a minor crime in a much larger criminal enterprise. Crimes related to prostitution in Chicago include:
- Solicitation of a Sexual Act: It is a crime to offer another person compensation or something of value in exchange for sex. Solicitation of a sexual act is a Class A Misdemeanor.
- Patronizing a Prostitute: It is a crime to engage in a sexual act with a prostitute in exchange for money. Patronizing a prostitute is a Class 4 Felony.
- Promoting Prostitution: It is a crime to advance prostitution by compelling or persuading a person to engage in prostitution or arranging a situation where prostitution is likely to occur. Promoting prostitution is a Class 4 Felony.
Defenses to Prostitution
If you have been charged with prostitution in Chicago it does not automatically mean that you will be convicted of the crime. The State’s Attorney must be able to prove that you are guilty of prostitution beyond a reasonable doubt. Your attorney can offer evidence, testimony, and information to make difficult for the prosecution to carry this burden. Defenses to the charge of prostitution in Chicago include:
- False accusation;
- Mistaken identity;
- No money or compensation exchanged hands;
- No sexual act occurred;
- Lack of consent to the sexual act; and/or
- Violation of Constitutional rights.
Experienced Chicago Prostitution Attorneys
Have you been arrested for prostitution in Chicago? If you have, it is important to speak with a Chicago prostitution defense attorney as soon as possible. The prosecution will begin to build a case against you as soon as you are arrested. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner we can begin to construct a persuasive defense.
At the Kostopoulos Law Group, our attorneys understand that your future is on the line and will fight to reduce the negative effects of your arrest. We will conduct a thorough and in-depth investigation into your alleged crime to gather evidence and information that is helpful to your case. Using this information, we will work with the State’s Attorney to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed.
The decisions you make today will dramatically affect your future. This is why it is so important to understand the seriousness of the charges against you and to take control of the situation. Your chances of achieving the best possible outcome increase when you hire an experienced Chicago prostitution attorney to defend you. Contact our Chicago office today to set up a free consultation.