While there are a wide range of sexual offense charges that can result in punishments of varying magnitudes, there are two primary, very serious consequences that can result from a conviction for a sexually related crime.
The first is the penalty itself. Because of the serious nature of sexual offenses, the penalties are usually severe and may involve prolonged incarceration. In some cases, judges sentence convicted offenders to spend the rest of their lives behind prison walls.
The second major consequence is the damage that a sex crimes conviction does to one’s reputation. If convicted, you’ll be required to register as a sex offender, even if you were charged with something as seemingly minor as public indecency for streaking. Becoming a registered sex offender in Chicago will have a significant impact on the rest of your life and may:
Obviously, being charged as a sex offender will follow you and negatively impact you for the rest of your life. That is why you need an experienced Chicago sex offense attorney at your side when you’re up against any kind of sex crime charge. Andrew M. Weisberg has handled many cases similar to yours, and he is ready to defend you and your rights at every step of the way.
When most people hear the phrase “sexual offense”, they think about criminal sexual abuse, prostitution, or predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. While all these crimes do fall under the branch of sexual offenses, there is one more common and nebulous sex crime charge that you may be facing: public indecency (720 ILCS 5/11-30).
In Illinois, anyone over the age of 17 can face public indecency charges for either engaging in an act of sexual conduct or lewdly and intentionally exposing their body to others in a public space. For the purpose of the statute, a public place is defined as any place where the conduct may reasonably be expected to be viewed by others.
You may be charged with public indecency if you were caught streaking, if you momentarily stripped your clothes off in public, or if you were caught engaging in a sexual act with another person in a public place, even if the act was consensual. For you, the act may have seemed harmless, something done with little premeditation or thoughts to the consequences. Unfortunately, the state of Illinois takes public indecency very seriously, and a conviction for this type of charge can still result in you being required to register as a sex offender.
You’ll need to have a strong defense if you want to keep a public indecency charge from affecting the rest of your life. You’ll want to have the very best Chicago criminal defense attorney possible to ensure that you do not end up carrying a lifelong stigma as a registered sex offender simply because at one point you were charged with public indecency for mooning, streaking, or urinating in public.
Sexual offense attorney Andrew M. Weisberg can provide you with the aggressive defense and reputation that you’ll need if you’re going to clear your name and save your reputation.
As previously noted, there are many crimes in addition to public indecency that fall under the label of a sexual offense, including:
Because many sexual offenses are felonies that can carry with them long (or even lifetime) prison sentences, you need to work with an attorney who has handled your type of case before and isn’t afraid to take on the prosecution. Andrew M. Weisberg has years of experience handling sexual offense cases as a Chicago defense attorney, and he is dedicated to providing you the most rigorous and compassionate criminal defense possible against any charges you may be facing.
If you’re facing any kind of sex crime charge, you may be hesitating to seek legal help out of embarrassment, fear, or even a sense that there’s nothing more you can do to defend yourself. Rest assured that, as an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer, Andrew M. Weisberg is particularly sensitive to how you may be feeling. When you retain Mr. Weisberg as your Chicago sexual offense attorney, you have the assurance that your case will be handled with complete discretion for your rights, your privacy, and your dignity.
You also have the assurance that Andrew M. Weisberg is well-qualified to represent you in the courtroom. As a former prosecuting attorney for the Cook County District Attorney’s office, he has experience in handling every type of sex crime on the books, from both perspectives. This unique experience enables Mr. Weisberg to provide you with a defense strategy that can proactively anticipate what the prosecution may do in their effort to bring a Chicago sex crimes conviction against you.
Time is of the essence when you’ve been charged with any kind of sex crime, and waiting to retain a defense lawyer is only going to hurt you. Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony, you need to contact Andrew M. Weisberg as soon as possible in order to start building your defense.