A sexual criminal offense is generally thought of as rape, but can include any unlawful act that is sexual in nature, including sexual conduct that does not involve actual penetration. In some cases the age of the victim, and therefore the inability to legally consent, is the only thing that makes a sexual contact illegal.
Allegations of criminal sexual abuse or assault are often initiated by a bitter or angry partner or parent, and as such, there is a driving force behind these cases that goes beyond mere public pressure and the normal desire of the prosecutor to get convictions. Many county State's Attorneys, such as Cook County, go so far as to create special prosecution teams targeting sex cases. These prosecutors receive special training in dealing with the law, difficult witnesses, and understanding the science behind forensic evidence they intend to use to pursue the accused. If you're facing criminal charges for a sex offense, hiring a highly skilled and experienced Chicago criminal attorney is not optional - it's the single best way to defend yourself against these damaging allegations. Our firm understands what lies ahead for you if you're found guilty, and we are committed to aggressively defending your rights, protecting your freedom, and helping you vindicate your reputation.
Types of Offenses
At Fagan, Fagan & Davis we have defended numerous clients against a wide range of sex crimes, such as:
- Criminal sexual assault
- Criminal sexual abuse
- Predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor
- Sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Date Rape
- Soliciting a prostitute
- Enticing or soliciting a minor
- Child molestation
- Child pornography – possession or distribution
- Indecent exposure
- Public indecency
The Impact of Conviction
Sex crime allegations are very serious charges that will lead to lengthy investigations, intense prosecution, and rigorous questioning. The prosecution is going to come after you aggressively and seek the harshest penalties permissible under law. Sex offenses range widely in possible criminal penalties, from Class A misdemeanor offenses to enhanced Class X felony charges that can effectively include life sentences. In addition to the risk of significant prison time and hefty fines, conviction requires registration as an Illinois Sex Offender for as little as 10 years, and often for life, creating a stigma to your reputation, affecting social and employment opportunities and more. If convicted, the Court may order mandatory counseling, probation, community service, a mark on your permanent record, and of course, imprisonment.
Many people convicted of sex crimes also experience serious ramifications in multiple areas of their personal life. Sex crimes carry a stigma and many members any community will be reluctant to welcome a sex offender into their neighborhoods. With a sex crimes conviction on your record, you may have difficulty finding a job, obtaining a loan, obtaining credit, and more. Your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers may also no longer feel comfortable associating with you.
The Chicago criminal defense lawyers at Fagan, Fagan & Davis have experience defending people just like you from allegations of sexual crimes. Visit our Video Center for more information about Criminal Defense, or call us now for a free consultation about how we can help.