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Prostitution is illegal in Illinois and throughout the U.S. While many argue that the act constitutes a “victimless” crime the fact of the matter is that it remains illegal. Defendants in such matters risk incarceration, financial penalties, a permanent criminal record, and the stigma that comes with such a conviction. If you find yourself charged then it is important that you seek legal representation. Our Chicago criminal defense attorney handles prostitution cases in Cook County and elsewhere in Illinois. Contact our Orland Park office today to speak with a lawyer.
The Municipal Court process is intimidating enough for Chicago residents facing prostitution charges. They do not need the additional aggravation of having to worry about their counsel’s performance. Michael is a former State’s Attorney with over thirty years experience. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, promptly returns phone calls, and makes himself available to answer questions. We strive to provide the highest level of service to all of our clients.
Prostitution occurs whenever one over the age of 18 offers sexual services in exchange for compensation. A first offense will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor. This means that a defendant faces up to one year in jail as well as a fine of up to $2,500. If the accused in under the age of 18 then they will not be charged with a crime but will be placed under temporary protective custody by the government.
A misdemeanor charge will be heard by the Municipal Court. After you are arraigned then a trial date will be set. If the case against you is based upon statements you made to law enforcement then it may be possible to exclude those statements from Court due to Miranda violations. It is the prosecution’s responsibility to prove, at trial, that you actually had the intention of committing prostitution and that the case is not simply the result of your statements being taken out of context. Hiring an attorney to assist you with the process is crucial.
Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago lawyer defending those charged with misdemeanor prostitution. Michael will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to gain a fuller picture of how you were arrested. If statements were taken in violation of your Fifth Amendment rights then he will file a Motion with the Court to exclude them. A former prosecutor, Michael is familiar with how cases should be presented to a Court and is experienced in doing so. Do not risk your future to a lesser experienced attorney. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.