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Chicago Sexual Assault & Rape Attorney

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Have you been accused of rape or sexual assault in Illinois? The prosecution will be adamant about landing a felony conviction and members of your community may have already cast you into a negative light. In order to defeat what is widely considered the most severe of sexual offenses, you must act quickly and retain a trustworthy legal professional to come to your defense.

Pissetzky Law LLC and our Chicago sex offense attorneys can bring over 20 years of total legal experience to your sexual assault or rape case. We know how much is on the line when you have been accused or charged with a felony offense, and we react accordingly by pouring each available resource into your casework. Our law firm has deliberately focused our skills and abilities on felony cases, giving us a higher understanding of these escalated charges and how to overcome them. By fighting for your rights and the best possible outcome, be it a charge reduction, case dismissal, or not guilty verdict, we do our part in keeping the criminal justice system honest.

Facing charges for sexual assault? Call (312) 883-9466 to request an initial case evaluation.

WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT & RAPE IN ILLINOIS?

Illinois considers sexual assault and rape as the same crime, which is committing any sort of penetrative sexual act against someone who has not provided or cannot provide consent. In most cases, sexual assault in Chicago will be recorded as “rape” if force was used to achieve the unapproved sexual act but this change of title does not actually alter the legal definition.Additionally, such sexual behaviors can be considered sexual assault whenever

  • they are carried out with a minor,
  • someone with a mental or cognitive disability,
  • and someone heavily intoxicated or impaired by drugs.

Criminal sexual assault will be considered a felony violation, which can be penalized by some of the heaviest consequences the criminal justice system can utilize.

 

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Build Your Defense & Fight Back

When you are accused of criminal sexual assault or rape, your future, finances, freedom, and reputation could all be taken away from you if you are convicted. Now is the time to start working on your defense strategy with our Chicago sex crime attorneys. We consider all angles and pieces of evidence in cases to construct as solid a defense as possible to show that our clients were arrested and accused based on nothing more than misunderstandings, exaggerations, or completely falsified stories. The prosecution in Class X felony cases, such as predatory sexual assault (especially with a firearm), will not likely offer any negotiation, and your only way out will be to put up a legal fight with defense attorneys prepared for any and everything that can occur in a felony trial. Pissetzky Law LLC and our accomplished Chicago sex offense lawyers cannot start on your case until you let us.

If you've been accused of sexual assault, call (312) 883-9466 to learn more about your defense options and our legal services.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT?

Penalties for a sexual assault conviction in Illinois may include:

  • Imprisonment, which may range from 4 years to life in prison
  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Restitution paid to the victim
  • Registration on sex offender lists
  • Removal from public offices and certain occupations

Felony Predatory Sexual Assault Crimes

Illinois considers any sort of criminal sexual assault against a child under the age of 13 and carried out by someone over the age of 17 as predatory sexual assault. Sexual penetration is not a necessary factor for this category of sexual assault, only sexual interaction. The state may consider it predatory sexual assault if the alleged perpetrator is not over the age of 17 but is armed with a firearm, causes significant harm to the alleged victim, or uses drugs or alcohol to impair the alleged victim.

Predatory sexual assault is considered a Class X felony in Illinois. A Class X felony is technically the second-most severe felony offense category in Illinois law, with only first-degree murder surpassing it in legal seriousness. Upon conviction, the state can use mandatory minimum sentences without parole and tens of thousands of dollars in fines as penalties. If the alleged predatory sexual assault in Chicago involved more than one victim or the defendant has previous child-related sex crime convictions, life imprisonment will be an option during sentencing.

What is considered statutory rape in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, if you engage in sexual activity and it is consensual with a child who is under 18 years of age, you can be convicted of statutory rape. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case such as the age of the victim or the relationship between the defendant and the victim, you can face the following charges and penalties:

  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse: Class 2 felony punishable by a $25 to $25,000 fine and/or three to seven years in prison
  • Criminal sexual abuse: Class A misdemeanor punishable by a $25 to $2,500 fine, one year in prison, and up to two years’ probation
  • Criminal sexual assault: Class 1 felony punishable by a $25 to $25,000 fine and/or four to 15 years in prison
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault: Class X felony punishable by a $25 to $25,000 fine and six to 60 years in prison
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