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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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Domestic Battery’s Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Domestic Battery

The state of Illinois considers certain crimes to be very serious, which has led to the idea of mandatory minimum sentencing for some crimes. Aggravated domestic battery is a crime for which, if convicted, you face a mandatory minimum sentence.

What does that mean? It means you could spend a longer time in prison or jail, especially if you have any prior domestic battery convictions on your criminal record. Read on to find out what Illinois considers to be domestic [...]

Possessing Child Porn in IL: What Does It Mean?

Child Pornography

The issue of child pornography is something that is of great concern to the general public as well as law enforcement. That’s why the laws surrounding the crime are decisive and strict, and the definition of what constitutes child pornography and its possession is clearly spelled out under the current laws.

What does it mean to possess child pornography in Illinois? What types of penalties are associated with this crime? These are important questions for every citizen, so read on [...]

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