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St. Charles Internet sex crimes defense attorney

Being accused of an Internet sex crime can be absolutely devastating, both personally and professionally. If you are found guilty of an online sex crime such as child pornography or indecent solicitation of a minor, you can face much more than incarceration. You may also be required to register as a sex offender and face a lifetime of social stigma. Finding housing and employment can be nearly impossible when you have a sex-related criminal conviction on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with indecent solicitation of a minor in Illinois, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately so that you can start building a strong defense against the accusations as soon as possible.

Illinois Law Regarding Online Solicitation of a Minor

Illinois law states that an individual commits indecent solicitation of a child if he or she solicits a person under age 17 to perform sex acts and intends to commit criminal sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, or aggravated sexual abuse. “Soliciting” is defined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) as requesting, demanding, authorizing, inciting, or advising someone to perform a certain act. Solicitation can refer to communications that take place in person as well as over the phone or using Internet communication.

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child pornography possession, Naperville criminal defense attorney, child pornography, child pornography charges, child sex crimesIn the United States, it is illegal for an individual under the age of 18 to appear in pornographic material. It is also illegal for a consumer to intentionally purchase, possess, create, transport, distribute, or share pornographic material that features individuals under 18.

Any interaction with child pornography is a sex crime that can have steep penalties for an individual convicted under Illinois or federal law.

Sometimes, an innocent individual faces a child pornography possession charge and can be subject to these steep penalties if he or she is convicted. There are many viable defenses to a child pornography charge, and the right one for you depends on the nature of your alleged offense.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, child sex crimesIn the wake of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s sentencing in a case arising out of decades-old sexual abuse offenses, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) have called on the Illinois legislature to eliminate the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes committed against children.

Elimination of the Statute of Limitations

Madigan and ICASA would like the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse offenses committed against children to be eliminated in the state of Illinois. Getting rid of the statute of limitations would allow those who were abused as children to step forward, report the crimes, and get justice. This would give them time to process the abuse and come forward when they are ready.

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