Practice Areas ➤ Sexual Assault and Misconduct
Some of the most serious – and seriously punished – crimes are those related to sex, sexual assault, or sexual conduct. Often, these crimes carry penalties that last the rest of your life, including mandatory registration upon any conviction. You may be facing many years in jail and other serious penalties upon any conviction. This is why it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you while you’re being investigated, under arrest, or have been charged with a sex crime. These crimes include:
This is the offense of sexual conduct with an individual under the age of 18. An individual can be charged with this offense even if there was no penetration. Fondling and touching a child, if it is perceived to be sexual, can be charged as predatory sexual assault on a child.
This includes the possession of child pornography, sale, downloading or any other type of crime involving the visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexual acts.
Criminal Sexual Assault/Rape
Rape (sexual assault) is the act of forcing an individual into a sexual act. It is illegal per 720 ILCS 5/11-1.20. It can also be considered rape to have sex with someone under the age of 18, even if it was consensual. This is called statutory rape.
This is one of the most commonly-alleged sex offenses, as the victim is not coherent at the time of the alleged attack. A thorough medical examination will be needed to substantiate this type of allegation in addition to proving that the defendant intentionally drugged or intoxicated the victim with the intent to commit a sex offense.
Failure to Register
Convicted sex offenders are required to register on the sex offender registry. Failure to do so can be charged as an additional criminal offense. Follow the link to learn more about compliance with the registry.
Internet Sex Crimes
Sex crimes do not necessarily have to be committed in person; they can be committed over the internet. Crimes such as child pornography downloading and viewing, chat room solicitation and luring of a minor can all take place online.
It is illegal to participate in the industry of buying and selling sex. Selling sexual contact for money or in exchange for something of value is illegal just as purchasing sexual favors is illegal. Typically, this is charged as a misdemeanor.
Anyone who is 17 years old or older that purposefully exhibits their sexual organs in a lewd manner in public with the intent to arouse is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Sex Offender Registration
All convicted sex offenders are required to register on the sex offender registry. There are different tiers of sex offenders depending on the crime and where it was committed. More severe offenders are required a greater length of registry.
Any sex crime arrest is a serious charge with serious consequences, and the longer you wait to hire a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to protect your rights and fight your case. Consult with Joshua Kutnick today to begin defending yourself against these serious accusations. We have represented numerous people accused of various sex crimes over the years, often with very successful results. Contact us today at 312-441-0211 and schedule a consultation. Let us protect you and your rights.