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Category: Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault: When Is It Aggravated in IL?

Sexual assault charges are serious, and sex crimes in general are some of the harshest offenses to face in a court of law.

Sexual assault is an underreported crime in Illinois, but the reported cases of it are still very high across the country and in the state of Illinois. And while sexual assault is itself a serious crime that can lead to time behind bars and steep fines, the consequences can get even worse.

There are some factors that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Facing Sex Crimes Charges in Chicago after Getting “Consent”?

Sexual assault is a crime accusation no one wants. After all, state governments around the country take sex crimes very seriously, including Illinois. One accusation could impact your life forever.

This is why consent plays such a huge role in sexual relations between adults. Still, sometimes mistakes of consent happen. You could find yourself accused of sexual assault even when you believed consent was given.

Here’s what you need to know about sexual consent – what it legally means in [...]

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 [...]

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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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