Under Illinois Code Chapter 720, Section 11-14, prostitution is described as offering, agreeing to perform or performing any act of sexual intercourse or conduct in exchange for money or any other goods or services of value. Immediately contacting a skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney is the most important thing you can do if you have been taken into custody on suspicion of prostitution or solicitation of prostitution.
Do I need an attorney?
These cases can be complicated to deal with, due to the fact that law enforcement may employ sting operations and use undercover officers posing as prostitutes or "Johns" to try to expose prostitution operations. If you try to cooperate with the police by agreeing to questioning without your attorney present, you may unintentionally say or do something that only results in more evidence against you. You may also find that you are coerced into making a confession or admitting to something that you did not do.
Fagan, Fagan & Davis is a Chicago criminal defense law firm dedicated to representing clients in the face of all types of sex crime charges, including prostitution. Our team has more than 100 years of combined legal experience and is ready to get to work on your behalf to help you avoid the serious consequences of a prostitution conviction. We will ensure your rights are protected and provide your case with the aggressive and strategic defense you deserve!
What are the penalties?
A simple agreement or offer may be enough to warrant prostitution charges. Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor, and a defendant may face up to 1 year in jail or a fine of up to $2,500, or both jail time and a fine. If a defendant has any prior prostitution-related convictions on his or her record, Class 4 felony charges may be filed and the defendant may face up to 3 years in state prison if convicted.