Waukegan Sex Crimes Lawyer

The consequences of being convicted of a sex crime will usually be catastrophic and affect you for the rest of your life.  If you’ve been charged with a sexual offense, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney without delay. 

Types of Sexual Offense Charges

Criminal Sexual Abuse (720 ILCS 5/12-15) is the least serious of the common sex crimes in Illinois.  The most common charge of criminal sexual abuse is where an individual, who is 17, or older, has a sexual relation with a person under the age of 17 and the two individuals are less than 5 years apart in age.  For example, a 20 year old man having sexual relations with a 16 year old girl can be charged with criminal sexual abuse even if the sex was consensual. 

In this example, the 20 year-old man would be subject to a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 364 days in jail.  If convicted, they would also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years

Note that other variations of this offense can be Class 4 felonies, punishable by 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (720 ILCS 5/12-16) is a much more serious crime than criminal sexual abuse.  A common example aggravated criminal sexual abuse involves a suspect who has sexual relations with a person under 17 and the suspect is more than 5 years older than the child victim.  In this case, the offense is categorized as a Class 2 felony, which is punishable by 3-7 years in prison and, if convicted, the defendant will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.

Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS 5/12-13) is even more serious because it involves the use, or threat, of force against the victim.  Most people are more familiar with the term “rape”.  Typically, criminal sexual assault is categorized as a non-probationable Class 1 felony punishable by 4-15 years per count.  In other words, if an individual is convicted of 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, they face 12-45 years in prison. 

Aggravated criminal sexual assault (720 ILCS 5/12-14) is extremely serious.  This crime occurs where a person commits criminal sexual assault and either causes injury to the victim or uses a weapon.  This is a Class X felony punishable by from 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections per count.  The maximum sentence for this particular offense is 120 years in prison where the person is convicted of 4 or more counts.

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS 5/12-14.1) is also a very serious offense involving a child victim.  The most common charge for predatory criminal sexual assault involves an adult having sexual relations with a child under the age of 13.  This is a Class X felony, punishable from 6-30 years in prison.  This charge can also result in a 120 year prison sentence where the suspect is convicted of 4 or more counts.

Mooning, Streaking and Public Urination

In some cases, even high-schoolish acts of mooning, streaking and even public urination may result in a sexual offense charge.  Worse yet, for repeat offenders, the term sexual predator may be attached to these crimes. 

In virtually all cases, convicted sexual offenders will be required to register with the Illinois police (or local law enforcement wherever they choose to live), informing the authorities of where they are living. Most local law enforcement have free, easy-to-access, online databases describing who and where people who have been convicted of sex crimes live.

If you are to successfully defend yourself, it is essential that you contact and hire a qualified, criminal defense attorney who (1) has experience defending sexual offenses and (2) is an aggressive, experienced trial attorney in the city or county in which you are charged as soon as possible. 

Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer to arrange for your FREE initial consultation. 

Law Offices of Winer & Winer
9 N County St, Ste 100
Waukegan, IL 60089
(847) 336-9111

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