Sex Crimes & Offenses Lawyer In Morris, IL
SERVING GRUNDY, WILL & LASALLE COUNTIES
When it comes to crimes with the potential to harm your reputation, sex crimes are probably among the most harmful types of crimes of which you can be accused. Simply having the accusation leveled at you can be enough to have your family and friends distancing themselves from you and your name. Actually being convicted of this kind of crime can cause irreparable damage to your reputation and your future, and will even land you with a permanent spot on the state sex offender registry. This is all in addition to the actual penalties that you will face in a court of law. If you are facing any kind of charges or accusations for a sex-related crime, then you should reach out to attorneys experienced with the criminal defense of such issues.
At Rigazio Law Office, we have over 30 years of experience and are familiar with the defense of sex crimes and offenses. We are happy to work with you in order to build the best case and defense possible in order to aggressively pursue the best outcome possible in your specific situation. The sooner that you seek out experienced legal representation, the better your potential to have a favorable outcome.
Some Sex Crimes and Offenses
There is a wide variety of sex crimes and offenses that you could face.
Some of the offenses include:
- Aggravated criminal sexual abuse/assault
- Predatory criminal sexual assault
- Criminal sexual assault
- Criminal sexual abuse
- Exploitation of a minor
- Traveling in order to meet a minor
As you can see, there is quite the range here. The actual charges themselves are equally diverse, and it might be helpful to take a brief look at them.
Sexual Assault and Abuse
Sexual assault and abuse is an umbrella that covers a wide, wide range of more specific crimes like rape, child sex crimes, sexual battery, and sexual assault related to domestic violence charges. These can be difficult crimes to defend against, however it is worth noting that oftentimes the case in sexual assault and abuse cases comes down to a “she said, he said” situation. That means that the events in question are arguable, and there might be a lack of corroborating evidence that would otherwise be used to make your guilt seem more likely. Additionally, we are happy to investigate on our own and work with experts in the forensics and private investigation fields as necessary to help uncover new evidence supporting your story.
Child Pornography and Sexual Abuse
Sex crimes involving children are some of the most difficult to defend against. There is often a presumption of guilt that we must work to overcome before we can even get started on defending you against your actual charges. The same is true of child pornography, which can often land you behind bars before you’ve even had a decent chance to defend yourself.
If you are being accused of any type of sexual crime including children, it is absolutely imperative that you reach out to an experienced attorney immediately. Failing to do so is essentially handing your freedom to the prosecutor on a golden platter.
Internet Sex Crimes
With the rise of mobile “always on” technology like laptops, smartphones, and tablets, the prevalence of internet sex crimes and their prosecution has been increasing. In fact, sex crimes are some of the fastest growing and aggressively prosecuted of internet crimes. It is important that you fully understand just how serious these charges can be, even if they don’t seem that serious to you.
Examples of internet sex crimes include:
- Indecent texting
- Distributing harmful materials
- Child pornography
- Sending indecent pictures via cell phone
- Solicitation of a minor
If you are facing internet sex crime charges, reach out to an experienced attorney as quickly as possible.
Solicitation of a Minor
One of the most aggressively prosecuted and public sex crimes is that of solicitation of a minor. This was an especially big issue a few years ago, when there were entire programs created specifically to follow the capture of individuals soliciting minors online for sexual purposes. And while the public furor seems to have died down a bit, do not make the mistake of thinking that this equals less aggressive prosecution, as it most certainly does not.
Age of Consent
The age of consent for sexual activity in Illinois is, typically, 17 years of age. Note that “consent” in this particular instance is being used as a legal term, not a moral or factual one. To put it simply, anyone under the age of 17 cannot give consent in a legal sense, which means that even if they are consenting to the act itself, they are unable to legally engage in it. This is true even for relationships where one partner is 16 and one is 17. If reported, the 17-year-old could face charges for engaging in sexual activity with the 16-year-old.
Contact A Sex Crime / Sex Offense Attorney For Help
Rigazio Law Office helps people and families with sex crimes and sex offenses in Illinois. We are located in Morris, IL, we serve Grundy County, Will County, LaSalle County and the surrounding areas. We fight for YOU and your RIGHTS – contact us today for help at 815.942.1881.