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Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Sexual Assault in Illinois

If you’re ever accused of a sex crime, then it can have a big impact on your life. Even if you’re never convicted, a charge can go on your criminal record and make things difficult for you in the future since it’s public information.

A conviction for a sex crime can also bring about a lot of consequences such as a prison sentence, fines, and registering as a sex offender in Illinois.

There are two sex crimes that are more [...]

Human Trafficking in Illinois — It Isn’t Always About Sex

When many people think of human trafficking, they automatically think of sex trafficking. While it is true that sex trafficking is a big problem, human trafficking isn’t always about sex, sometimes it’s about labor.

Recently, a woman in the Chicago suburbs pled guilty to labor trafficking. She helped several people from Central America to enter the country, but once they were there, they had to stay and work in her home until the debt to get them here was paid.[...]

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. [...]

Does Rehabilitation Work for Illinois Child Sexual Predators?

Child predators are regularly featured on the news as some of the worst criminals out there. They are depicted as not only committing the crime of sexual assault but also as predators hunting the most vulnerable population.

Of course, sexual predators are defined as people who have “committed a sexually violent offense and especially likely to commit more sexual offenses.” Essentially, by definition, a sexual predator is likely to continue to harm people again and again.

Still, the biggest question [...]

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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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 [...]

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