Illinois state law defines prostitution as knowingly performing, offering, or agreeing to perform any act of sexual penetration or touching or fondling of the sex organs for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification in exchange for anything of value. This sex crime is a Class A misdemeanor in most cases, which involves a penalty of up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of $2,500. If the offense is committed within 1,000 feet of any real property comprising a school, the offense is a Class 4 felony punishable by a sentence of 1 – 3 years and a maximum fine of $25,000. Other acts of prostitution include pimping, child prostitution, juvenile pimping, and much more.
If you have been charged with committing prostitution, you may be able to defend yourself on one or more grounds. To be prosecuted for this offense, there must be solid evidence to prove that you were engaging in, or planning to engage in, sexual acts in exchange for anything of value. This is not to be confused with consensual sexual conduct, where two parties engage in sexual acts with no intention of paying the other party. Speak with a Chicago criminal defense attorney today to determine whether or not you may be able to defend yourself by proving that no payment was, or was intended to be, paid.
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