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Illinois Sexual Assault Laws

By law, sexual assault involves any sexual act committed against another person without consent. This includes sexual acts involving children, minors, the mentally disabled, and anyone else incapable of giving consent.

Illinois law defines rape, including statutory rape, as any act of sexual penetration that involves:

  • The use of force or the threat of force
  • A victim that cannot give consent
  • A family member under the age of 18

Additionally, an individual can be charged with rape in Illinois if the accused is at least 17 years old and holds some sort of authority or a position of trust over an alleged victim between the ages of 13 and 18. For example, a 17-year-old youth sports coach may face rape charges if he is accused of sexual assault by a member of the team he coaches.

Penalties for Sexual Assault in Illinois

The penalties for sexual assault and other sexual offenses in Illinois vary depending on the circumstances involved.

For a first-time conviction, alleged offenders face anywhere from 4-15 years in prison (Class 1 felony). Second-time convictions are considered Class X felonies and can carry a sentence of 30-60 years or life in prison.

Those accused of committing a sexual offense against a child under the age of 8 or a person who is mentally incapacitated can face aggravated criminal sexual assault charges. The same is true for those accused of committing a sexual offense with the use of a weapon, death threats, or other forms of violence. In both instances, alleged offenders are subject to Class X felony charges, which may include penalties of 30-60 years to life in prison.

Statutory Rape Laws and Penalties

Under Illinois law, aggravated criminal sexual abuse is defined as engaging in sexual conduct with:

  • A child under 18 years old and the defendant is a family member
  • A child under 13 years old when the defendant is 17 or older
  • A child who is 13 years old at least or younger than 18 years old, and the defendant is at least 17 years old and in a position of authority, trust or supervision over the child
  • A child under nine years old and the defendant is under age 17
  • A child who is at least 13 years old and under 17 years old and the defendant is five year older than the victim

Sexual conduct can include sexual touching or fondling as well as sexual penetration. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is charged as a Class 2 felony.

Penalties for aggravated criminal sexual abuse include:

  • A $25 to $25,000 fine
  • Three to seven years in prison

Possible Defenses to Statutory Rape

Some common defenses that can be made for a statutory rape charge include mistaking the victim’s age, the “Romeo and Juliet” exception, and marriage. The “Romeo and Juliet” exception protects young people who are close in age from getting serious criminal charges. In Illinois, the conduct is still illegal, however you may receive reduced jail time or smaller fines. While marriage is a defense for statutory rape in many states, in Illinois this cannot be used as a defense. Moreover, there is limited defense for mistaking the victim’s age in the state of Illinois. If you have been accused, it is important that you speak with our Chicago sex crimes lawyer about your defense as soon as possible to discuss your options.

The Courtroom Game Changers You Need

At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC, our Chicago sex crime lawyers are always prepared to fight for you in court. We are a team of veteran litigators with an impressive track record of courtroom successes, even in the toughest of felonies. We've won cases in front of juries when the odds seemed stacked against us. We've secured not guilty verdicts in crimes when others believed the case was hopeless. Our sex crime defense team has the vision, the skills, and the resources it takes to help you even the legal playing field in court.

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    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.
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