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Archives for: January 3rd, 2019

Ways You Can Be Charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in IL

In December 2018, a 19-year-old man from East St. Louis was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child.

 

Now, that sounds really bad – and it is – but what exactly does “aggravated criminal sexual abuse” mean? What does someone have to do to be convicted of this sex crime?

 

How serious are the consequences?

 

In this post, we’re going to dive into the nuts and bolts of this law, focusing on what acts [...]

Fifteen May Not Get You Twenty – But the Penalties Are Still Too Severe To Risk

There used to be a crass saying in the dating world of young men that “fifteen will get you twenty.” The meaning was that if you were dating a 15-year-old, she was young enough to earn you jail time – the equivalent of 20 years worth – if her parents wanted to press statutory rape charges. Although the 20-year figure was a bit over the top, the fact remains that if you are charged in Chicago with aggravated criminal sexual [...]

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How Aggravating Factors Can Affect Your IL Sentence

Aggravating Factors

Sometimes after a crime takes place, the perpetrator finds themselves in more serious trouble than they initially expected. Some charges contain what we call aggravating factors – and these factors can significantly worsen the penalties for a crime.

Recently, a man on a Chicago train in the Cermak Road area was stabbed in the face. Police don’t know what motivated the attack yet, but any discovered motivations could be considered aggravating factors in the crime. These could increase the sentencing [...]

IL Domestic Violence Prosecutions Down, But You Can Still Be Charged

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single aspect of our lives, including how we get along with people in our own household.

According to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, tensions between people quarantined together at home have resulted in more calls to the hotline in 2020. In fact, they report a 16 percent increase in the overall calls compared to the same time in the previous year.

Yet even as calls for help from domestic violence situations skyrocketed, the number [...]