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Have you been arrested or charged with a crime of a sexual nature? Whether you have already been arrested or are under investigation, time is of the essence. Start building your defense today with the help of our experienced Chicago sex crime lawyers at Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC. We work quickly, creatively, and aggressively to help you build a cutting-edge defense against serious sex crimes. Have our proven team help you fight your state or federal sex crime today.


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A conviction of a sex crime carries with it very severe consequences that can ruin your life in many ways even beyond time spent in jail or prison. You may be facing lifetime registration as a sex offender, which restricts your housing opportunities and will not allow you to work in certain jobs. Don't give up without putting up a fight.

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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 statutoryrape 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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  • Case Dismissed Case Dismissed After State Refuses to Cooperate
    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.
  • Not Guilty Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Secures a “Not Guilty” for Possession, Conspiracy, and Intent
    Chicago criminal defense attorney, Gal Pissetzky takes the fight all the way for his clients. Gal was able to secure a “not guilty” on all counts for his client in a case involving possession, conspiracy, and intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Case Overturned Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Gets Drug Case Overturned
    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky takes the fight all the way for his clients, even when the fight involves creating new laws to protect their rights. While defending a day laborer accused of drug trafficking crimes, the prosecutor in the case questioned the man as to how he was able to come up with the $75,000 bail bond. The client was found guilty but Mr. Pissetzky objected to the bail bond reference and the case was overturned on appeal. When it was sent back to trial, Gal Pissetzky negotiated for time served and the client regained his freedom.
  • Not Guilty of All Charges Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine

    Not Guilty of All Charges

    People v. LG – Not Guilty of a Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine. Although the chicago police had a search warrant to search a home where they found large amounts of marijuana and cocaine, as well as an identification card and other proof of residency for LG, the judge found LG NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • Sentenced Reduced Client Facing 40 Years Gets 4 Months Instead
    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky argues for a light sentence and wins! Mr. BC was charged with a large drug conspiracy in a federal court case. He was personally responsible for distributing over 200 kilos of marijuana. After intense negotiations with the government and without ever having to become an informant or a snitch, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that Mr. BC should receive a very short sentence of four months, despite the fact that he was facing up to 40 years in prison. The judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and sentenced Mr. BC to just four months in jail.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts Cross-Examination by Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Leads to a “Not Guilty”
    People v. Z. (2009) – Mr. Z. was accused of transporting five kilograms of cocaine in a secret compartment of a car. After a trial in which Gal Pissetzky cross-examined officers from the elite narcotics division of the Chicago Police Department, the judge found Mr. Z. NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Federal Judge Imposes Light Sentence Over Government’s Objections Federal Crime
    U.S. v. HJ (2014) Mr. HJ was charged as the leader of a large Chicago drug organization. The government attributed over 26 kilos of cocaine to Mr. HJ, and sought a minimum 15-year-sentence based on his alleged leadership role. After a very contested sentencing hearing, during which Mr. Pissetzky argued that Mr. HJ was not a the leader of the organization and should therefore receive a much lower sentence, the judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and told the government it had not met its burden of proof. Although the judge found Mr. HJ responsible for 26 kilograms of cocaine, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge to sentence Mr. HJ to only 70 months–nine years less than what the government wanted.
  • Reduced Sentence Federal sentencing on drug conspiracy charges – 18 months for 26 kilos of cocaine without ever cooperating
    (USA v. MM) Mr. MM was charged in Federal Court with drug conspiracy to distribute over 26Kilograms of cocaine. The government used an informant and recorded calls. After long but successful negotiations with the government, Mr. Pissetzky was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges so MM won’t be facing the mandatory 10 years to life in prison. The government, however, still sought to send MM away for a long period of incarceration. MM never cooperated or became an informant!!!! Mr. Pissetzky filed a sentencing memorandum. During the federal sentencing hearing, Mr. Pissetzky argued to the Judge for a much reduced sentence. The Judge sentenced MM to a short 18months.
  • Not Guilty Gal Pissetzky Gains Not Guilty Verdict on Tough Drug Case. Defendant Wins!
    (People v. CC) – FINDING OF NOT GUILTY – CC was charge with possession with intent to deliver 175 grams of cocaine, and 4 guns where also found during the search of the apartment he was in. Chicago police had a search warrant to an apartment that they claimed CC was living in with his girlfriend. During the search of the apartment, the police recovered 4 guns, ammunition, 175 grams of cocaine, and a scale. At trial, attorney Pissetzky and one other attorney established through cross-examination that the State could not prove that CC actually lived in the apartment. The judge found CC NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Case Dismissed Gal Pissetzky Gets Federal Drug Case Dismissed After Cross Examining DEA Agents.
    Defendant Wins! (USA v LG) – RARE CASE OF NO PROBABLE CAUSE FINDING IN FEDERAL COURT – The DEA arrested LG with his wife and charged them with possession of 2.5 kilograms of cocaine. The government alleged at a preliminary hearing in federal court that LG’s wife was trying to sell the cocaine to an undercover DEA agents. Mr. Pissetzky was representing LG, who was arrested in the undercover DEA car after the wife handed the drugs to the DEA agent. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky questioned the DEA agent and established that LG was merely present during the drug deal. The federal magistrate judge found that there was not probable cause to arrest LG and ordered that the case against him be dismissed immediately.

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