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Category: Sex Crimes

What Does It Mean to Be an IL Sex Offender?

Sex crimes, unfortunately, happen quite often. And maybe more often in Illinois than other places.

A study from SafeHome.org found that the state of Illinois has the fifth-highest number of people listed on their sex offender registry in the United States. That means that the state has more registered sex offenders than 45 other states out there.

This begs a salient question: what does it mean to be an Illinois sex offender? What types of crimes can put you on [...]

Sex Crimes in Illinois: Anyone Can Be Prosecuted

Sooner or later, those who commit sex crimes will have to answer for them, especially those who commit sex crimes more than once. No matter how much money a person has or how famous they are, the law is the law.

A Chicago case centering around a famous singer shows how much this is true. He is being prosecuted in both New York and Illinois for sex crimes including sexual exploitation of children, forced labor, child pornography, and kidnapping. It [...]

Illinois Sex Crimes: All You Need To Know

Sex crimes have the ability to majorly derail the lives of all involved. Those convicted of sex crimes face not only jail time and other penalties, but also must face public scrutiny long after the conviction.

That is why someone facing allegations of sex crimes must thoroughly understand the charges against them as well as the steps that should be taken to protect themselves during criminal proceedings.

Here’s what everyone should know about sex crimes in Illinois, including how they’re [...]

What Happens When Minors Sext in Illinois?

The ubiquitous presence of phones and computers in children’s lives has created new social questions for parents, schools, and lawmakers.

One detective in Illinois found that 60% of “sextortion” online comes from peers, not strangers. The other 40%? It comes from internet gaming.

As if that wasn’t terrifying enough, state and national legislation have struggled to keep up with this unusual legal territory.

Initially, states used standard child pornography laws to charge sexting cases. However, the felony penalties often felt [...]

Facing Sex Crimes Charges in Chicago after Getting “Consent”?

Sexual assault is a crime accusation no one wants. After all, state governments around the country take sex crimes very seriously, including Illinois. One accusation could impact your life forever.

This is why consent plays such a huge role in sexual relations between adults. Still, sometimes mistakes of consent happen. You could find yourself accused of sexual assault even when you believed consent was given.

Here’s what you need to know about sexual consent – what it legally means in [...]

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How Do You Legally Transport Marijuana in Illinois?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

Illinois is one of the states that has legalized marijuana, both recreationally and medicinally. While this makes many Illinois residents happy, it’s important to realize that this legalization isn’t a free pass. You can’t do anything you want with marijuana anywhere you please just because you’re over 21.

In fact, there are some really strict rules about marijuana in the state, including how to transport it. If you’re caught violating these rules, then you can face criminal penalties – even [...]

How To Fight an IL Protective Order for Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault | Domestic Battery | Domestic Violence

It can be a surprise for many people when they are made aware they have an order of protection, sometimes called a restraining order, against them.

In many cases involving domestic violence, orders of protection are issued by the judge without the defendant being present. This means that you may have no idea that an order of protection exists against you until you are served with it.

What can you do to fight an Illinois protective order in your domestic [...]

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