If you’re arrested for picking up a prostitute in Chicago, you could be in serious trouble – and the first thing you should do is talk to an attorney. Here’s what you need to know.
What to Do if You’re Arrested for Picking Up a Prostitute in Chicago
The official crime of picking up a prostitute is soliciting a sexual act – and if you’re convicted of this crime, it’s generally a Class A misdemeanor (provided it’s your first offense). You may end up going to jail for up to a year if you’re convicted. However, if the offense takes place within 1,000 feet from a school, you could be looking at a Class 4 felony, and that carries a possible penalty of three years in prison. Additionally, if the person you’re convicted of soliciting a sexual act from is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, it’s also a Class 4 felony; the same is true if it’s your second offense, as well.
Is it Possible to Defend Against Solicitation Charges?
It is entirely possible for your attorney to defend you against solicitation charges. In fact, there are several types of defenses available. Your lawyer will create a customized strategy that gets you the best possible outcome, but he or she may show the court that you’re innocent of the charges or that something about your arrest or detention was unlawful. Another option your attorney may want to use is negotiation with the prosecutor. Because every case is different, there’s no one-size-fits-all defense for solicitation or picking up a prostitute.
What Else Happens When You’re Convicted of Picking Up a Prostitute?
The social stigma attached to a solicitation conviction, for some people, is worse than the prospect of jail time. You need to know that in addition to jail time and fines, you may be subject to professional restrictions for being convicted of a crime. Additionally, there is a certain social stigma attached to being convicted of a sexual offense – and if you can avoid it, you should.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Being Charged With a Crime for Picking Up a Prostitute?
If you’ve been charged with the crime of solicitation for picking up a prostitute, we may be able to help you. call us at 847-920-4540 or fill out the form below for a free consultation. We’ll be able to answer your questions and develop a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome in your case.