Most criminal charges carry the potential for fines and jail time, so we’re not really telling you anything new if we say that these are two important reasons to challenge a criminal charge. Aside from the obvious, there are a number of consequences of a prostitution or solicitation charge that fly under the radar. If you’re thinking about paying your fine and hoping the judge will allow you to avoid jail, you’ll want to read this blog. Today, we share five hidden consequences of a prostitution or solicitation conviction, and we explain why you should seriously consider hiring a professional to help you fight the charge.
Hidden Consequences Of A Prostitution Conviction
Here’s a look at five things that can happen to you after a prostitution or solicitation conviction that most people aren’t aware of or don’t consider when determining whether or not to challenge the charge.
1. Vehicle Forfeiture – If your vehicle was used in the commission of the crime, police may have the right to seize the vehicle and have the property forfeited. You need your car, so ask your lawyer if your vehicle is something the state could go after in your case.
2. Employment – A conviction of this nature can result in the loss of your professional licensing, which can lead to the loss of your job. Also, if you’re applying for a new job or your employer ever performs a background check, the conviction will show up, and it can make it a lot harder for you to earn that second interview or promotion.
3. Voting – If you are convicted of a felony-level prostitution or solicitation offense (and believe us, it doesn’t take much for charges to be upgraded), you will forfeit your civil right to vote. This may not be very important to you, but it’s something that is oft-overlooked.
4. Your Driving Record – Did you know that a permanent record of your conviction is noted on your driving record after a prostitution or solicitation conviction? First time offenses are classified as private data and can only be viewed by law enforcement officials, but subsequent offenses will be listed as public information, which can be viewed by others.
5. Housing – A conviction for prostitution or solicitation can violate the terms of your housing agreement or lease, so there’s a chance that it could lead to your eviction from the property. Similar to your employment search, listing your conviction on housing applications may be required going forward, meaning you may have a difficult time finding housing after a conviction.
These are five overlooked consequences of a prostitution conviction and they speak to the importance of why you need to hire a lawyer to fight your charge. If you’ve been arrested and are facing charges in the Twin Cities, reach out to Avery Appelman and his team of experienced defense lawyers today.