Sexual Assault more commonly referred to as Rape is generally thought of as the act of committing sexual penetration by use or threat of force. In the typical Sexual Assault case consent is the biggest issue and usually determines whether one is found guilty or innocent at trial. However one can be charged with sexual assault in numerous other situations on the basis of the age of the alleged victim and the age of the accused as well as the mental capacity of the alleged victim. For the Illinois Statute definitions of the various sexual assault charges please see the following:
• Criminal Sexual Assault 720 ILCS 5/12-13 • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault 720 ILCS 5/12-14 • Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child 720 ILCS 5/12-14.1 • Criminal Sexual Abuse 720 ILCS 5/12-15 • Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse 720 ILCS 5/12-16
I have vast experience in the area of criminal defense. Whether I am defending a misdemeanor violation or a serious felony offense, I will do everything possible to achieve the best possible result for my client. The ultimate goal in every case I take on is to keep the charge of my client's permanent record if at all possible. The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can preserve evidence that is routinely destroyed by most police departments within the first 30 days (booking room video, police dispatch recordings and any other audio or video recordings that may have been made routinely are destroyed after 30 days), which could ultimately impact whether you win or lose your case. I will take a critical look at police conduct to make sure none of your constitutional rights were violated, and if they were, I will fight to get your case dismissed before a trial would even occur.
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