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    Default Soliciting Prostitution

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois

    A close friend of mine is in the habit of using craigslist to solicit prostitutes. I have been insisting the penalty for him is very steep and he is sure that only the prostitutes get in trouble. What is the penalty if he gets caught in some sort of cop bust?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Soliciting Prosititution

    He's looking at misdemeanor charges at the least, and possible felony charges if he is caught a second time - not to mention possible expenses in getting his car back (if he was using his car). Misdemeanors usually carry up to a year in jail plus fines plus court costs, felonies a year or more in state prison (and fines and costs as well). If he thinks only the prostitutes get in trouble, he's obviously never watched a single episode of COPS, Dateline, or just about ANY primetime reality or news show these days.


    720 Criminal Code (1961)
    Article 11. Sex Offenses
    720 ILCS 5/11-14.1
    Sec. 11-14.1. Solicitation of a sexual act.

    (a) Any person who offers a person not his or her spouse any money, property, token, object, or article or anything of value to perform any act of sexual penetration as defined in Section 12-12 of this Code, or any touching or fondling of the sex organs of one person by another person for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, commits the offense of solicitation of a sexual act.

    (b) Sentence. Solicitation of a sexual act is a Class B misdemeanor.

    (Source: P.A. 91-696, eff. 4-13-00.)

    (720 ILCS 5/11-15) (from Ch. 38, par. 11-15)
    Sec. 11-15. Soliciting for a prostitute.
    (a) Any person who performs any of the following acts commits soliciting for a
    prostitute:
    (1) Solicits another for the purpose of prostitution; or
    (2) Arranges or offers to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution; or
    (3) Directs another to a place knowing such direction is for the purpose of prostitution.

    (b) Sentence. Soliciting for a prostitute is a Class A misdemeanor. A person
    convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this Section, or of any combination of such number of convictions under this Section and Sections 11-14, 11-17, 11-18, 11-18.1 and 11-19 of this Code is guilty of a Class 4 felony. When a person has one or more prior convictions, the information or indictment charging that person shall state such prior conviction so as to give notice of the State's intention to treat the charge as a felony. The fact of such prior conviction is not an element of the offense and may not be disclosed to the jury during trial unless otherwise permitted by issues
    properly raised during such trial.

    (b-5) A person who violates this Section within 1,000 feet of real property
    comprising a school commits a Class 4 felony.

    (c) A peace officer who arrests a person for a violation of this Section may
    impound any vehicle used by the person in the commission of the offense. The
    person may recover the vehicle from the impound after a minimum of 2 hours after arrest upon payment of a fee of $200. The fee shall be distributed to the unit of government whose peace officers made the arrest for a violation of this Section. This $200 fee includes the costs incurred by the unit of government to tow the vehicle to the impound. Upon the presentation of a signed court order by the defendant whose vehicle was impounded showing that the defendant has been acquitted of the offense of soliciting for a prostitute or that the charges have been dismissed against the defendant for that offense, the municipality shall refund the $200 fee to the defendant.
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    Default Re: Soliciting Prosititution

    He uses online craigslist? Is that different? Jail time? This should certainly be a detterant.

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    Default Re: Soliciting Prostitution

    All he needs to do is Google things like
    craigslist bust
    craigslist prostitution sting
    craigslist john bust

    They just nailed 3 or 4 johns in little ol' Suffolk County, VA. It's a bit of a hike from civilization but close enough to get guys coming from Charlotte.

    Police bust Johns all the time and the charges can be pretty steep and may include registration as a Sex Offender!

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