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Category: Sexual Abuse

What You Should Know about IL Sex Crimes

When many people hear the term “sex crime,” they often think of sexual assault. But, in Illinois, sex crimes are defined by many acts beyond sexual assault – some of which may surprise you.

When someone is accused of sex crimes, it’s serious. After all, being found guilty of a sex crime can have a profound impact on the rest of a person’s life, beyond any time they may have to spend in prison. This is precisely why it pays [...]

How Faith’s Law Will Impact IL Sex Abuse

In Illinois, sex abuse is a topic that has been discussed in the public sphere for quite some time. Some loopholes in the law, as well as big cases in the media, have spurred the legislature to act. As a result, we have new legislation called Faith’s Law.

Also know as House Bill 1975, Faith’s Law is named for a student who experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted adult. This law now legally defines what it means [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Signs of Domestic Abuse in Illinois

Domestic Violence

Many people think they understand what domestic violence, and domestic abuse, are. The truth is that no two situations involving domestic violence and domestic abuse are identical, since this type of crime can take many forms.

In the state of Illinois, domestic abuse is a serious matter. Illinois law protects victims and harshly penalizes those who break the law. Yet many people are unclear about what types of actions constitute domestic abuse in the state – and the various ways [...]

What Counts as Drug Paraphernalia in IL?

Drug Crimes | Drug Paraphernalia

While marijuana may be legal in Illinois and some small amounts of other controlled substances have been decriminalized, many drugs are still illegal to possess in Illinois. The paraphernalia associated with these substances is illegal and can lead to criminal charges.

Getting charged with possession of crime paraphernalia in Illinois can be quite serious. You may have to pay fines, be incarcerated, and get a criminal record that will follow you for life. Yet many people don’t understand that having [...]

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