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I got a citation in matteson Illinois for solicitation of a, my car was impounded, I paid 500 to the police station...

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I got a citation in matteson Illinois for solicitation of a prostitute, my car was impounded, I paid 500 to the police station and and 260 to retrieve my car. The officer told me to pay the 500 dollar citation fine and it would not affect my record, this just happened 3 days ago. What should I do, I don't want to make things worse, what do I do?
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?
Customer: Matteson Illinois, it happened June 10th 2016
JA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?
Customer: No
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Customer: No
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Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

You need to look very carefully at the citation and see what it is charging you with. If it is charging you with Solicitation, that is a Class A misdemeanor under Illinois law. This will definitely appear on your record as a criminal charge and conviction.

On the other hand if you have been charged with disorderly conduct this is a lesser offense. It will still appear on your record as a criminal conviction, but the specific nature of the offense will not.

Before pleading guilty and paying the fine you should see an attorney to review the citation and go over your options. You may be eligible for a "diversion program." Under these programs you are placed on probation for a period of time (6 months to a year) after which the underlying charge is DISMISSED and you would have no conviction record. If this option is available to you you should seriously consider it. Please discuss this option with your attorney.

Most attorneys who do this work with meet with you to assess your situation for little or no cost. You can find local counsel here:

http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practicestate/criminal-law/illinois

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Gerald

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