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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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Prostitute or Trafficking Victim — What’s the Difference in IL?

Human trafficking is a horrifying thing and years of advocacy and efforts to increase the public’s awareness of the problem have finally made it an issue that has captured people’s attention.

Still, there is some confusion about what difference there is legally between a sex trafficking victim and a prostitute.

If you’re unsure, then read on to find out more about the difference between trafficking and prostitution in Illinois, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and how trafficking victims can have [...]

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 [...]

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IL Felony Charges for Stealing Toiletries? Here’s How It Can Happen

Felonies | Shoplifting / Retail Theft | Theft

Some people assume that shoplifting is a minor crime. However, in Illinois, it’s anything but. Illinois has some of the harshest shoplifting laws on record. It’s all too easy for a momentary lapse of judgment to lead to serious felony charges.

That’s just what happened to one Illinois man recently. He is now facing five felony charges for allegedly stealing a few bottles of body wash, nails, lotion, and hand sanitizer from a Walgreens.

While he has a previous shoplifting [...]

Indecent Proposals: IL Man Allegedly Exposes Himself Looking for Sex

Indecent EXposure

It may seem like a harmless thing to relieve yourself in public if no restroom is available or it might seem exciting to get intimate with a partner in public, but both of these things can result in criminal charges in Illinois – criminal charges that have some serious penalties.

In August 2020, a man on Chicago’s Near North Side was reported to police for approaching people and exposing himself, telling them that he was looking for a woman to [...]

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