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Sex Between IL Minors: Consensual Conduct or Criminal Sexual Abuse?

Regardless of whether they’re late bloomers, the teenage years are hit hard at some point or another by hormones. Many teenagers first explore these hormones with each other. While there are a lot of different opinions regarding the subject, it’s nevertheless true.

While personal opinions of minors engaging in sexual activities differ, there are still specific laws that everyone must follow. In Illinois, two minors having sex with each other may, in fact, be considered statutory rape, even when both [...]

Some Illinois Sex Crimes Specifically Aimed at Protecting Kids

State legislation is put into place in order to help to protect the people of Illinois. Doing so allows more people to exercise their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Furthermore, not all Illinoisans are created equal — some are more vulnerable than others. That’s why we have harsher penalties against hate crimes or crimes against the elderly.

Still, children are considered the most vulnerable of us all, so when crimes involve them, the punishment is meant [...]

Criminal Sexual Abuse: The One Misdemeanor Sex Crime in Illinois

Once one of the most popular singers in the world, R. Kelly is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons. While rumors about Mr. Kelly’s misconduct have been around for years, he has never been convicted of any crimes.

This could all change when he goes to trial over the latest allegations against him in April and May of 2020. Facing multiple charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse within the State of Illinois, as well as 18 federal counts [...]

Sex Trafficking Laws in Illinois: What You Should Know

Sex trafficking is a growing problem nationwide, and Illinois has some of the highest sex trafficking rates in the country. Accordingly, sex trafficking is a major priority for law enforcement, and sex trafficking charges are increasing.

In fact, the enhanced efforts to eliminate sex trafficking may even lead to overzealous policing, and result in innocent people being charged.

Those working in positions — legal and otherwise — that could possibly be affected by Illinois state sex trafficking laws would do [...]

Revenge Porn: What Happens If You Get Charged in Illinois?

We use computers and smartphones for almost everything in modern society. This has affected many aspects of society, including criminal activity.

The advent of smartphones with high-definition cameras has increased the incidence of “revenge porn,” a crime in which the defendant posts online or otherwise distributes private sexual images of the victim without the victim’s consent.

Below, we provide a guide to revenge porn, including how Illinois defines and prosecutes the crime, civil actions faced by some defendants, and recent [...]

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Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

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Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

The Right Way for Private Citizens to Sell Firearms in Illinois

Gun Crimes | Weapons Charges

Illinois has strict and often confusing laws surrounding the rights of private citizens to sell firearms in the state. If you are interested in selling firearms as a private citizen, it is essential that you fully understand what these rights and limitations are. 

Failure to understand these laws and properly comply with them can otherwise lead to the serious charge of firearms trafficking. 

We’ll discuss exactly what firearms trafficking is and what the penalties are for violating this law. Then [...]

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