Collateral Consequences of an Allegation: Robert Kraft Facing Heat from NFL for Solicitation Allegation

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A unique aspect of the solicitation allegations that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing is the threat that they suddenly pose to both his reputation and his status in the football community. The collateral consequences of even just an allegation of a crime like solicitation can doom a person's career or future – especially if they are not already people of means like Mr. Kraft.

New England Patriots Owner Charged With Soliciting Prostitute in Florida

Recently, a sting by police in central Florida targeted massage parlors that were suspected of providing sexual acts for pay. Surprisingly, prosecutors have pressed charges not just against the prostitutes and parlor owners, but also against the people who they think were paying for sexual acts. One of those people happened to be Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and billionaire.

NFL Considering Action Against Kraft for Violation of League Policies

While the costs of a criminal conviction for soliciting a prostitute – the offense is called “patronizing prostitutes” in Pennsylvania – is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, those are only the sanctions that come from the state government. Other people and organizations are free to pass judgment against someone for criminal convictions or even criminal allegations. These are referred to as the “collateral consequences” of an offense or allegation.

For Mr. Kraft, one of those collateral consequences might come from the National Football League (NFL), which has a code of conduct for team owners. One provision of that code of conduct requires league personnel, which includes team owners, to “refrain from conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence” in the NFL. Another provision claims that team owners or managers are held to a “higher standard” than other personnel in the league.

When asked about Mr. Kraft's allegations, a spokesperson for the NFL said that the league would “monitor developments” in the case.

Collateral Consequences Often Strike First

Unfortunately, many people who are in a position of power over someone who has been accused of a crime will move quickly to protect themselves from the illusion of association with a potential wrongdoer. Bosses have been known to fire workers as soon as they learn of a criminal accusation – well before the case has been proven and frequently before charges have even been filed. People can be completely innocent and still face severe professional hardships because employers or other people have jumped the gun to protect themselves from the appearance of being associated with someone who has committed a crime. The assumption of guilt is exactly what has no place in the criminal justice system. Yet it still pervades how many people react to hearing of a criminal allegation.

Our Criminal Law Team Defends the Accused in Philadelphia

Our Criminal Law Team are criminal defense lawyers in Philadelphia who defend those who have been accused of a crime and can help those who are worried about losing their job after being arrested. Call our law office at (888) 535-3686 or contact us online.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact Us Today!

The LLF Law Firm Team has decades of experience successfully resolving clients' criminal charges in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania counties. If you are having any uncertainties about what the future may hold for you or a loved one, contact the LLF Law Firm today! Our Criminal Defense Team will go above and beyond the needs of any client, and will fight until the final bell rings.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.