Penalties for Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois
Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony that is punishable by imprisonment (4 to 15 years). If you have a prior criminal sexual assault conviction, you will be charged with a Class X felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Similarly, aggravated criminal sexual assault is also prosecuted as a Class X felony in Illinois.
Apart from criminal penalties, Illinois law also allows victims of sexual abuse and assault to file a civil claim against their perpetrators and recover damages for physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and emotional trauma.
Criminal sexual assault is one of the most serious sexual violence charges you can face in Illinois. And if the alleged sexual abuse committed involved the use of a firearm or any other dangerous weapon, the prison sentence can be extended by 20 years. Contact a reliable Chicago, IL criminal sexual assault attorney from the Law Office of Purav Bhatt today for legal help.
Consequences of Being a Registered Sexual Offender in Chicago, Illinois
One of the most serious consequences of a sexual assault conviction is that you have to register as a sexual offender, which can take away many of your civil liberties and rights and damage your reputation beyond repair. The stigma of being a convicted felon in sexual abuse cases can also affect your career and social life and make it hard to lead a normal life. Choose a proven and resourceful sexual abuse attorney at a Chicago law firm who can fight to have your charges dropped or reduced.
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The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has been representing clients charged with sex offenses for over a decade. Sometimes, allegations and accusations of sexual assault are false and are brought as leverage during pending divorces, are inferred by school officials based on vague accounts by angry children, or carried further than necessary by authorities who do not want to be responsible for denying a potential victim’s accusations no matter how frivolous or weak.
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