Lake County Illinois Prostitution Defense Attorney
Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Serving Deerfield, Skokie and Mundelein
In the State of Illinois, prostitution, solicitation and patronizing a prostitute are criminal offenses. Law enforcement agencies have begun being much more aggressive in arresting and prosecuting those charged with the crime of prostitution and will frequently conduct sting operations, using undercover police officers or Craigslist advertisements as “bait.” Perhaps you simply made a one-time bad decision, or you may have been falsely accused of the crime of prostitution.
Prostitution is considered to be engaging in any sexual act for money or doing business with someone who offers sexual acts in return for money. Oddly enough, penalties for doing business with a prostitute are more severe than those for a person convicted of prostitution. Either crime is serious, and carries consequences that can affect your life for a very long time. Imagine having the crime of prostitution on your criminal record and applying for a job you are qualified for—and really want. Your prospective employer can access your criminal record, which could seriously affect your chances of being hired, as well as being extremely embarrassing.
As soon as you have been charged with a prostitution crime, it is extremely important that you speak to a knowledgeable attorney who can work to minimize the consequences of your arrest. Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt has practiced law for over 15 years. Five years of that time was spent as the Cook County prosecutor, giving him a unique perspective to both sides of the issue. As your criminal defense lawyer, Matthew R. Gebhardt understands the many circumstances which could have led to your being charged with prostitution. Attorney Gebhardt will aggressively defend and uphold your rights and preserve your reputation.
Penalties Associated with Prostitution Crimes
The crime of prostitution is charged as a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted of prostitution, you could be sentenced to two years’ probation which includes the necessity of undergoing drug tests and a set number of hours of community service. A Class A misdemeanor charge will also be issued for solicitation of sexual acts. If the person solicited is a minor, or a person who is disabled, the crime is charged as a Class 4 felony.
Promoting prostitution is a Class 4 felony, although when the crime is committed within 1,000 feet of a school, it can be charged as a Class 3 felony. A Class 3 felony can result in two to five years in prison. Promoting prostitution is compelling another person to commit sexual acts for money or providing a situation which allows another person to commit sexual acts for money. A Class X felony takes place when someone confines a minor or a mentally handicapped person for purposes of prostitution through the use of physical threats or serious physical injury. Any person convicted of a juvenile prostitution crime will be required to register as a sex offender.
Getting Help from a Seasoned Criminal Attorney
Matthew R. Gebhardt understands the position you are in, and will work aggressively to defend the charges against you. Attorney Gebhardt appreciates the need for discretion as it relates to all cases involving illegal sexual activities. Regardless of whether you are facing probation or a jail sentence, you do not want a conviction for prostitution on your record. Our Lake County IL criminal defense lawyer understands the struggles you may face with your marriage, professional career and other relationships after being accused of prostitution. Attorney Gebhardt’s goal is to get you through this difficult time with the very least amount of long-term repercussions. For an attorney who will build a strong case on your behalf, contact the Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C. at 773-383-8745 or 847-239-4703 today.