If Robert Kraft is only charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and isn’t connected to the human trafficking associated with the Jupiter, Fla., massage parlor, then the Patriots owner has a chance to resolve his legal troubles quickly and relatively painlessly.
The charges against Kraft, expected to be filed this coming week by the Florida state attorney’s office, will be second-degree misdemeanors. Technically, each count could cost him up to 60 days in jail, but “nobody ever goes to jail for a first offense of a second-degree misdemeanor,” said Valentin Rodriguez, a West Palm Beach, Fla., criminal defense attorney who says he has represented at least two dozen defendants facing solicitation charges.
Kraft won’t be extradited from Massachusetts, or even be required to appear at arraignment. Many first-time offenders end up paying a “couple hundred dollar” fine, Rodriguez said, agree to go to counseling or some sort of awareness course, and ultimately have the charges dropped. Sometimes the record is sealed.
“It’s in his interest to quickly make this go away,” said former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne. “I’m sure it will happen at arraignment, and I would expect he pays a $200 fine and gets out of there.”
The legal damage may be minimal, but the collateral damage that comes from Kraft’s involvement in a prostitution bust will be significant.