Many think of solicitation or prostitution as a “victimless crime.” Regardless of your opinions on the topic the fact remains that solicitation is illegal in the state of Illinois. One convicted of the crime faces jail time, fines, a permanent criminal record, and the stigma associated with such a conviction. If you have been arrested for this offense then you require legal representation. Our Chicago criminal defense lawyer handles solicitation cases in Cook County and elsewhere in the state. Call our Orland Park office today to speak with an attorney.
Chicago defendants have enough to worry about after a solicitation charge. On top of the legal penalties they face embarrassment and damage to their reputation. When dealing with such concerns the last thing one needs is to not be able to reach their lawyer. Michael promptly returns phone calls, often provides clients with his personal cell number, and makes himself available when one has questions. He recognizes that you are facing a serious situation and his goal is to make the process as streamlined as possible.
720 ILCS 5/11-14.1 defines solicitation as offering another person property, money, or other compensation for some form of sexual act. A first offense will be treated as a Class A misdemeanor offense which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. The offense will be charged as a Class 4 felony if the victim was under the age of 18 or mentally disabled. In cases involving those who were minors or disabled one can defend the charge by proving that they were reasonably unaware that the person was a minor or disabled.
Misdemeanor charges will be heard in the Municipal Court. Felony matters will proceed to the Circuit Court after either a preliminary hearing or the issuance of an Indictment by the grand jury. If the defendant is out of custody, and they invoke their speedy trial rights, then felony matters will be resolved within 180 days. Solicitation charges sometimes hinge on statements or admissions that the accused made to law enforcement. Keeping such statements out or Court is, therefore, crucial to a defendant. Should the matter go to trial then it is up to the prosecution to prove that the act of solicitation occurred.
Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago attorney representing Cook County defendants accused of solicitation and other charges. Once retained he will immediately obtain the arrest reports and other evidence. If the police violated your Miranda rights then Michael will file to exclude any incriminating statements from the Court process. He will listen to your side of the story and present the best possible defense at trial. A former prosecutor, our lawyer is familiar with presenting facts to a jury in a way where the jurors are given the complete picture. Michael understands the gravity of the situation you are facing. Contact our office today.