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Category: Aggravated Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault: When Is It Aggravated in IL?

Sexual assault charges are serious, and sex crimes in general are some of the harshest offenses to face in a court of law.

Sexual assault is an underreported crime in Illinois, but the reported cases of it are still very high across the country and in the state of Illinois. And while sexual assault is itself a serious crime that can lead to time behind bars and steep fines, the consequences can get even worse.

There are some factors that [...]

What You Should Know about IL Sex Crimes

When many people hear the term “sex crime,” they often think of sexual assault. But, in Illinois, sex crimes are defined by many acts beyond sexual assault – some of which may surprise you.

When someone is accused of sex crimes, it’s serious. After all, being found guilty of a sex crime can have a profound impact on the rest of a person’s life, beyond any time they may have to spend in prison. This is precisely why it pays [...]

What Makes My Illinois Sex Crime Charges Aggravated?

If you are charged with a sex crime in Illinois, then you’re facing some significant legal consequences.

Most sex crime convictions require the defendant to register as a sex offender which will make your criminal history available to the public. Your registration will come up every time you look for a job or try to secure housing.

This is part of the reason it is so critical to understand the charges you are facing when charged with a sex crime. [...]

Three Times an IL Sex Crime Is Aggravated without a Weapon Involved

By itself, sexual assault is a serious crime with grave consequences. In Colorado, criminal sexual assault is defined as sexual penetration when any of the following elements exist:

    You used force or the threat of force You had knowledge that the victim did not understand the nature of sex or was not able to consent (they were unconscious, sleeping, intoxicated, etc.) The victim was under the age of 18 and you and the victim are family members The victim was
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Using the 2nd Amendment to Fight IL Weapons Charges

Weapons Charges

In the realm of criminal law, navigating weapons charges can be a daunting task, especially in jurisdictions like Chicago, where firearm regulations are stringent. However, one avenue that defendants may explore is invoking the protections offered by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Understanding how the Second Amendment intersects with weapons charges and its interpretation within the legal framework of Chicago is crucial for building a robust defense strategy.

The Second Amendment: An Overview

The Second Amendment of [...]

Mistaken Identity: When You’re Not the Chicago Thief They’re Looking For

Mistaken Identity | Wrongful Accusations | Theft

In the realm of criminal justice, mistaken identity is a persistent and troubling issue. One of the most distressing scenarios is when an individual finds themselves falsely accused of theft, grappling with the repercussions of a crime they didn’t commit.

Such cases often underscore the critical importance of establishing an airtight alibi and presenting compelling evidence to assert innocence. Let’s delve into this complex issue, exploring real-life instances of mistaken identity in theft accusations and the imperative of constructing a [...]