What to do if Accused of a Sexual Assault
There is a wide range of sexual offenses in the state of Illinois, and all carry serious legal repercussions for a conviction. If you have been accused of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or some other sex crime, it is critical you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Your outcome may depend on your legal representation, as these charges carry the potential for decades or even life in prison.
Sexual assault is generally defined as forcing or threatening another party to engage in a sexual act. An individual may be unable or unwilling to consent to an act if they are incapacitated, underage, or any number of other factors. In the case of aggravated sexual assault, a suspect may be accused of using a dangerous weapon during the attack, causing physical harm or life endangerment, assaulting an elderly or physically handicapped person, or additionally committing some other illegal activities beyond basic sexual assault. Predatory sexual assault of a child involves a victim under the age of 13.
Similar to sexual assault, sexual abuse is committed through the use of force or threats against an individual 17 years old or younger. Even if a minor consents to the act, you can still be charged, as children and underage teens are not legally allowed to provide consent. Aggravated sexual abuse, like aggravated sexual assault, involves a weapon and/or physical harm, committed against an elderly, handicapped, or underage person, and/or other extenuating circumstances.
Sexual Offenses and Punishments
These sexual offenses are all charged as felonies in Illinois, with anywhere from four years to life in prison for a conviction. If you face a sexual offense charge, you want to secure adept legal representation as soon as possible. A skilled defense lawyer can help prove false allegations against you or negotiate reduced charges. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, you want a knowledgeable attorney by your side through every step of the legal process.
Contact an Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney
The attorneys at the Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC are here to help you today. Contact an experienced Naperville sexual assault lawyer to make sure your rights are protected. Call 630-232-1780 and set up a free consultation today.