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The Difference Between Criminal Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

In Illinois, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault are both felonies. There is a lot of discussion on the difference between the two during sentencing, however, because one is a much higher “level” felony, which generally means more time behind bars.

 

If you or someone you know is being charged with criminal sexual abuse or criminal

sexual assault, it’s imperative that you know the difference between the two, as well as their respective penalties and sentencing standards.

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Criminal Sexual Abuse on the Rise in Chicago

Sex crimes involving women and children have dominated Chicago headlines in 2013. From the track and triathlon trainer accused of sexually molesting a 16-year-old boy over a two-year period to the 81-year-old dentist charged with fondling a young girl in his office, Chicago newspapers abound in shocking examples such as the ones above.

 

According to statistics, the population of registered sex offenders has significantly increased in recent years, and the numbers just keep growing. A 2012 report by National [...]

Catherine Kieu vs. Lorena Bobbitt: The Same Crime Doesn’t Always Merit the Same Punishment

 

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It sounds like something out of a slasher flick: In July 2011, 50-year-old Catherine Kieu of Garden Grove, California drugged her husband’s tofu with Ambien, a sleeping pill. The two were married in December 2009, but in March of 2011, he filed for divorce. The two continued to live together, however, and on July 11, the couple had a fight about a future house guest. After drugging her husband, Kieu waited until he was asleep [...]

Police Searching for Perpetrator of Sex Crimes

Recently, a 56-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her South Loop garage by a man wielding a gun. Chicago police are now searching for the offender. Clearly, apprehending any perpetrator guilty of sexual assault should be a high priority for law enforcement officials. However, sometimes the description of the suspect that gets broadcast to police and the general public is so general that it could fit just about anyone. The result can be an erroneous charge of sexual assault. If [...]

Fifteen May Not Get You Twenty – But the Penalties Are Still Too Severe To Risk

There used to be a crass saying in the dating world of young men that “fifteen will get you twenty.” The meaning was that if you were dating a 15-year-old, she was young enough to earn you jail time – the equivalent of 20 years worth – if her parents wanted to press statutory rape charges. Although the 20-year figure was a bit over the top, the fact remains that if you are charged in Chicago with aggravated criminal sexual [...]

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Cook County Considers Clearing Some Drug Records, Not All

Drug Crimes

Traditionally, drug cases seemed very open and shut. If someone is found with a large manufacturing and delivery operation in Illinois for illegal drugs, then they face some serious legal consequences. Some aspects of drug crimes, however, may be changing.

The State Attorney of Cook County, Kim Foxx, wants to expunge certain crimes from people’s records. Convictions for marijuana are at the top of her list, but so are some crimes involving heroin and cocaine.

Foxx has a vision of [...]

Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Sexual Assault in Illinois

Sex Crimes | Sexual Abuse | Sexual Assault

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 [...]

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