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Category: Sex Crimes

Understanding the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

Sex offenses are serious crimes, and those accused of a sex crime can face severe penalties in Illinois. In addition to serving years in prison, sex offenders convicted of certain sex crimes and/or crimes against children must register as a sex offender.

 

The Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act was created to make public information easily available and accessible about anyone convicted of sex offenses. Offenders are required to register based only on their convictions and Illinois state law. Being [...]

When Is Sexual Assault Considered “Aggravated”?

Sexual assault is a serious crime, and those accused of this charge in Illinois face some of the heaviest penalties of any crime in the state. There are a few classifications of criminal sexual assault, and though all carry severe penalties, some charges are significantly worse than others.

 

Criminal sexual assault, also known as rape, occurs when one individual commits a penetrative act against another without their consent. In many cases, this applies to situations when the law considers [...]

Sexting between Minors is a Crime

Many parents are fearful of teens and technology, and unfortunately sometimes these fears aren’t unfounded.

 

 

It is also a criminal offense—even when done between two minors.

 

As sexting is a relatively recent phenomenon, state governments have been unsure how to properly deal with the rise in teens sharing explicit photos.  In some states, underage sexting is considered distribution of child pornography. Because of this, there have been instances where minors in a relationship engaged in sexting and [...]

Push to Prioritize Prosecution of Sex Crimes in Chicago

Chicago law enforcement has been fighting against sex crimes for the last two decades, prioritizing investigations, arresting offenders, and doling out tough penalties.

 

However, over the last few years, it appears Chicago’s fight against sex crimes may have hit a wall. According to a report from CBS Chicago, “while the number of reported criminal sexual assaults in Chicago has come in at less than 1,600 from 2006 to 2014… progress has leveled out. Sharp drops in the 1990s have [...]

Hundreds Arrested in Nationwide Sex-Trafficking Bust

In 2015, the Illinois’ Cook County Sheriff’s Department launched a nationwide sex-trafficking string operation that comprised of 70 jurisdictions in 17 states, including Illinois, Arizona, and Nevada. This year’s installment is the largest thus far since the operation first started in 2011.

 

 Officials also recovered 54 women and 14 juvenile sex-trafficking victims nationwide, taking them into custody mental with health, drug abuse, and domestic abuse rehabilitation services.

 

Many of these sex-trafficking and involuntary servitude crimes were discovered on [...]

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Tax Time Is Almost Here – Could You Accidentally Commit Fraud in IL?

Tax Fraud | Fraud

Everyone dreads tax time. Even if you’re owed a nice rebate, the hassle of preparing your income tax returns is a headache, and most of us put it off until the last minute. However, if you’re not careful when preparing your tax returns, you could face something far more serious than missing a portion of your refund: income tax fraud charges. Individual slip-ups typically fall into the category of negligence rather than fraud, but even seemingly harmless white lies can [...]

Some Illinois Sex Crimes Specifically Aimed at Protecting Kids

Child Pornography | Sex Crimes

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 [...]

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