Addison, IL Sex Crimes Attorneys
Sex Crimes Lawyers Serving DuPage, Cook, and Surrounding Counties
Few other offenses carry the negative consequences of a sex crime case. Most of these violations are felonies that carry no possibility of probation, so a lengthy prison sentence is a possible consequence. After the case is over, convicted offenders must register for years or even longer, and in many respects, such registration may be even worse than the prison term. The best strategy to avoid these consequences is to take an aggressive posture and stand up for the defendants individual rights at every possible moment.
The assertive attorneys at Stringini & Garvey, P.C. begin by carefully reviewing the facts and identifying all the defenses that you have. Then, we research the applicable law as we prepare your defense for court. All this time, we negotiate with prosecutors for a reduced sentence or, even more importantly in these cases, a reduced charge.
Types of Sex Crimes in Illinois
Nearly all these offenses are serious felonies under Illinois law, and probation is not available. Some of the most commonly charged cases are:
- Criminal Sexual Assault: The statute defines rape as sexual penetration with force or a threat of force that is used on a victim who is unable to consent, is a family member under 18, or is between 13 and 18 and the actor is a person in authority, like a coach, parent, or teacher. Normally a Class 1 Felony with a maximum $25,000 fine and four to 15 years in prison, prior offenses, and other facts make rape a Class X felony with a sentence of 30 years to life.
- Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault: Circumstances like the use of a weapon, a victim under 9 or over 60, and the commission of an additional felony, like burglary, raise criminal sexual assault to a Class X felony.
- Crimes Against Minors: These offenses include solicitation to meet a child, possession or production of child pornography, sexual abuse of a child, and a few other Class X felonies.
- Public Indecency: Although it is typically charged as a felony, indecency can also be charged as a Class A misdemeanor. Moreover, indecency does not carry the same stigma as assault or abuse.
Generally, even if a reduction to indecency is a possible option, it is a good idea to set these cases for trial because the stakes are so high. Moreover, the presumption of innocence is difficult to overcome in these cases. If even one juror is not convinced beyond any reasonable doubt, the defendant is not guilty, and some form of expungement may be an option.
Illinois strict registration laws became even more regimented in 2012: the law now includes more offenders, and registration may even be required if there is no conviction. Most offenders must register for at least ten years and update their information quarterly.
The consequences of a sex crime conviction continue well after the prison doors are open. For a free case consultation and help protecting your reputation, contact Stringini & Garvey, P.C. at 630-834-9595. Se habla Español.