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Category: Sexual Assault

Criminal Charges That Put You on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

If you are facing a sex crime charge or worried that an accusation might be coming, one of the biggest questions on your mind is probably whether or not you could have to register as a sex offender in Illinois.

 

As consequences go, being on the sex offender registry is one of the worst ongoing hardships someone can be saddled with, as it has been shown to harm job prospects, limit living opportunities, stand in the way of loans, [...]

The Three Tiers of Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

When you hear about sexual assault cases on television, you may notice reporters using various terms for similar charges: “rape,” “sexual assault,” “sexual abuse,” etc. Each state has different definitions and charges for sexual assault crimes. If you are charged with any sort of sex crime here in Illinois, it is crucial to know what you are up against, and how you can defend yourself.

 

Let’s look at the three tiers of criminal sexual assault in Illinois: criminal sexual [...]

How Penalties for Sexual Assault Work in Illinois

Sexual assault penalties often make headlines for not being tough enough. The six-month sentence assigned to Brock Turner, for example, caused rage throughout the country. Compare that to two men from Illinois who were recently sentenced to 18 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a woman who was barely conscious.

 

A third man was involved the sexual assault case, and has not been sentenced yet. Will he get 18 years behind bars as well? The answer will only come [...]

3 Ways to Defend against Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Charges

By now, whether you live here in Chicago or anywhere else in the United States, you’ve probably heard that multiple victims have accused Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of sexual assault.

 

Last year, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison for bank fraud, which was connected to allegations that, over 30 years ago, he sexually abused teenage boys and paid one victim $3.5 million in hush money. The federal judge called him a “serial [...]

Can Illinois Sex Assault Charges Land You In Prison For Life?

In our state, there are certain crimes that warrant a life sentence. These crimes are considered Class X felonies. The list of Class X felonies is small, and mainly limited to homicide-related crimes.

 

However, certain sexual assault charges also make the list, such as aggravated criminal sexual assault. This is the charge that a massage therapist in Evanston is currently facing.

 

Ken Wang, 31, is employed at the Art of Health Spa. On October 13, he had a [...]

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Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

Drug Crimes | Drug Possession | Marijuana

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Stealing from a Car – Even an Unlocked One – Is Burglary in Illinois

Burglary

For many, burglary and theft are two very different things – one just means taking things that don’t belong to you, while the other refers to breaking into a house or store to take those things. While there is some truth to that line of reasoning, it’s not completely correct. The legal definition of burglary can be much different, and more encompassing, than what most people often assume.

Take, for example, the case of three teenagers who were arrested in [...]

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