Many Chicago area residents are aware of the problem of prostitution but few truly understand the very limited actions required to commit the crime of prostitution under 720 ILCS 5/11-14 . Most people would assume that to be c0nvicted of prostitution, one must actually engage in sexual conduct. This is not at all true. The crime of prostitution is complete the moment an individual agrees to engage in a sex act in exchange for money or something of value. It is not necessary that the actual sex act take place or that money change hands. It is the mere agreement that leads to prosecution for prostitution. This crime applies not only to the prostitute but also to the customer. Prostitution in Illinois is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,500 fine for a first offense. Future prostitution arrests under 720 ILCS 5/11-14 can result in felony convictions and prison sentences of up to 3 years.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with prostitution in Chicago or the suburbs, contact Chicago criminal defense lawyer Andrew Weisberg for an immediate free consultation. Mr. Weisberg is a former prosecutor that understands prostitution cases and other sex crimes from all angles. Use his vast experience in these cases to your advantage. He can be reached at the office or 24/7 on his cell phone at (773) 453-2140.
Like most prosecutions for sex crimes in Illinois, the prosecutor will aggressively pursue a conviction and jail time. Large fines and other penalties are also possible in prostitution cases. That being said, a talented and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can find ways to avoid the harsh penalties of the prostitution statute. There are defenses and little known diversion programs available to avoid conviction. The State’s Attorney has great discretion when it comes to making charging decisions in cases of prostitution and other sex offenses. You need a Chicago criminal defense lawyer that is ready, willing and able to fight these charges. Don’t trust your freedom and future to just any criminal attorney. Contact former felony prosecutor Andrew M. Weisberg and put his experience to work for you or your loved one. Mr. Weisberg can defend you in the following types of sex-related cases:
If you or a loved one has been charged with Prostitution (720 ILCS 5/11-14) in the Chicago area, Andrew M. Weisberg is a criminal defense attorney with a reputation as an aggressive, tough, compassionate and smart trial lawyer. He is a former State’s Attorney in both Cook County and Will County, and has great experience in successfully defending his clients in virtually every area of criminal law, from sex crimes and violent offenses to domestic violence and theft offenses. To speak with Mr. Weisberg, call his office or his cell phone 24/7 at 773.453.2140. The consultation is immediate, free and confidential.