Criminal Sexual & Assault Attorney Serving the Greater Chicago area
Skilled and experienced CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY representing CLIENTS AGAINST sex offenses
Those accused of sex offenses are portrayed as automatically guilty and not deserving of a fair trial or constitutional protections. If you are charged with a sex offense you need to be represented by an experienced sex crime defense attorney. Simply being charged with a sex offense such as criminal sexual assault or criminal sexual abuse can turn your life upside down. The charges alone carry a shame and dishonor that can have lifelong affects on one’s reputation and character. The allegation alone can result in the loss of friends, the support of family, the loss of employment and a quick judgment online about you and your integrity.
In Illinois, sexual assault and abuse are identified as any form of non-consensual sexual contact. Sexual offenses can be committed against an adult or a child. They can be committed by someone of the same gender and between spouses. Forced sexual contact, the molestation of a minor, and attempted forced sexual contact are all forms of sexual assault. A conviction for any one of these crimes will cause lasting damage to a person’s life. Prison sentences, temporary or lifetime requirements of sex offender registration, long periods of counseling and heavy fines come along with sex crimes convictions. With these consequences, you cannot afford to plead guilty without a fight. Having an experienced sex crimes criminal defense attorney on your side is crucial.
From the moment a person is accused of criminal sexual assault or criminal sexual abuse they must be incredibly careful and seek proper representation. The desire to profess one’s innocence to the police can be used against you as an admission helping the prosecution. That is why having smart, aggressive, and talented representation can mean the difference between being charged and going home without a sex crime accusation being brought against you. Many of attorney Purav Bhatt’s clients that have been accused of sex crimes have been released after working with detectives to fully understand the situation and challenging false assumptions made by the police.
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. In some cases, victims of sexual offenses are handicapped or mentally ill.
Attorney Purav Bhatt has represented defendants accused of sex crimes including teachers, family members, cab drivers, neighbors or other individuals who have been falsely accused. When it comes to sex crimes, district attorneys, detectives and law enforcement often believe victims without ever hearing from the accused. How you present your side of the story is vital and could affect you for the rest of your life. Having an experienced sex crimes attorney on your side is vitally important. Attorney Purav Bhatt has restored the reputation of his clients after being charged with sex crimes.
Sex offenses can be charged in either federal court or state court. The consequences, processes and procedures in either forum vary greatly and having a knowledgeable guide and counsel through the process could mean the difference between freedom and prison.
FEDERAL sex crimes
Federal sex offenses and the penalties associated with them will depend on the the charges brought against you. Some of the factors federal court and prosecutors look at when determining sentences and recommendations include: the crime as charged, the federal scoring level given the offense, the age of the defendant and the alleged victim and the likelihood of the defendant re-offending and whether the person is a danger to the community. The federal system determines the sentence according to the federal sentencing guidelines. Convictions for sex offenses in federal court carry with them registration requirements that include notifying the government as to where you live, where you work, where you go to school, if you are around churches, schools or daycares. Due to the rigorous requirements of sex offender registration, numerous individuals who are convicted of federal sex crimes find themselves in violation of their registration requirements and are brought back into court years after their sentences are completed.
Federal Sex Offenses include: Possession of child pornography, Production or distribution of child pornography, sexual acts with minors between ages 12–15, Public indecency, Sexual contact without consent, Trafficking or transportation of minors for sexual activity, Prostitution of minors, Attempted rape or conspiracy to commit rape.
ILLINOIS sex crimes
In Illinois, charges of criminal sexual assault are brought when a person commits an act of sexual penetration against another person and uses either:
(1) the use threat of force,
(2) knows the victim cannot consent due to inability to understand the act or give consent,
(3) is a relative and under 18 years old, or
(4) is between 13 and 17 years old and has a relationship of authority, trust, or power like a teacher, religious figure or other position.
Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 Felony and carries a sentencing range of 4-15 years in prison.
Criminal Sexual Assault can rise to level of an aggravated criminal sexual assault if certain conditions are present. Aggravated criminal sexual assault is a Class X felony and requires mandatory imprisonment for between 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Aggravating factors include: (1) the victim is over 60 years old, (2) causing bodily harm to the victim, (3) use or threat with dangerous weapon, (4) whether the victim is given controlled substance before or during the sexual assault, (5) victim is under the age of 9, or if between 9 and 13 – there is a threat of force used, (6) victim is mentally disabled to a severe degree, or (7) the offense is committed during the commission over another felony.
The consequences of a sex offense conviction can lead to prison and sex offender registration. Sex offender registration can be for ten (10) years or for an individual’s lifetime. This information is public and will be available to anyone who comes into contact with the convicted individual.
If you have been charged with a sex offense such as
- criminal sexual assault 720 ILCS 5/11-1.20
- aggravated criminal sexual assault 720 ILCS 5/11-1.30
- criminal sexual abuse 720 ILCS 5/11-1.50
- aggravated criminal sexual abuse 720 ILCS 5/11-1.60
- indecent solicitation of a child 720 ILCS 5/11-6
- sexual exploitation of a child 720 ILCS 5/11-9.1
- internet sex crimes
- rape and aggravated criminal sexual assault
- attempted rape
- statutory rape
- sexual battery
- indecent liberties with a child
- possession of child pornography
- lewd conduct
- public indecency or voyeurism
- failure to register as a convicted sex offender
- or prostitution.
Contact the Law Office of Purav Bhatt at 773-791-9682 to discuss your matter and fight for your rights and freedom. The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has the information and skill to challenge the prosecution.