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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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If you are under investigation for a sex offense or have been charged with one, you should not hesitate to speak with a Chicago sex crime attorney. We are not afraid to go to court and are known for providing strong, aggressive defense.

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OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE VICTORIES

  • Dropped All Charges after Motion USA v. Client O

    USA v. Client O - After a complex investigation into child pornography on the internet, federal agents obtained a search warrant to search O’s home and work computers. A forensic review of the devises seized revealed child pornography and O was charged with Possession and distribution of child pornography and altering a hard drive to obstructed the investigation. Mr. Pissetzky and his team used their own forensic expert to examine the computers and discovered that the Agent lied in his affidavit for the search warrants. After filing a motion to suppress the warrant, the government conceded and dropped all child pornography charges. O pled guilty to obstructing the investigation and received a sentence well below the guidelines.

  • Not Guilty Wrongfully Accused of Murder and Attempted Murder: Not Guilty
    MH had been wrongfully accused of murder and attempted murder. Mr. Pissetzky tried to explain to the State’s Attorneys that they had the wrong man, but it fell on deaf ears. Mr. Pissetzky then demanded trial , and after a week of relentless cross-examination, the jury returned a verdict of NOT GUILTY on all charges – NOT GUILTY of murder and NOT GUILTY of attempt murder – in less then two hours!!
  • Sentence Reduced Pissetzky Saves Defendant from Crack-Cocaine Drug Conspiracy and Other Drug Charges
    (USA v. SO (2010)) – In 2008, the DEA arrested SO for taking part in a large crack cocaine drug conspiracy. At the preliminary hearing, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that SO was not involved in the overall conspiracy, and eventually SO was indicted on only two drug transactions he allegedly conducted. During plea negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the government to dismiss the actual drug charges, and SO pled guilty to a much lesser charge. SO was originally facing over 10 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing before Judge Zagel, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the Judge to sentence SO to time served (roughly 24 months).
  • Not Guilty Marijuana Trafficking Not Guilty
    People v. BR – NOT GUILTY verdict by a jury. BR was charged with Marijuana Trafficking over 1100LB. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney tried the case to a jury. After a three day trial, the jury deliberated for less then two hours finding BR Not Guilty.
  • Not Guilty People v. GE
    Finding of Not Guilty! GE was charged with possession with intent to deliver a kilogram of heroine, a class X felony carrying a minimum of 15 years in prison. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved that the prosecutor did not have sufficient evidence to show that GE ever possessed the drugs.
  • Dismissed USA v. DD
    DD was charged with selling narcotics and was charged in Federal court in Chicago. Mr. Pissetzky was able to present to the prosecutor enough evidence to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all charges against DD.
  • Dismissed People v. AH
    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, Case Dismissed
    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.
  • Case Dimissed Motion to Suppress Heroin Granted
    People v. AP – After Chicago Police officers walked up to AP after he parked his car, they searched him and the car and found about 1/2 a kilo of Heroin. AP was arrested and charged with a Class X felony. Mr. Pissetzky and Mr. De Leon filed a Motion to Suppress Heroin and Quash AP’s arrest. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that the officers lied and that they violated AP’s Fourth Amendment Rights. The judge granted the motion and the State’s Attorney had no choice but to dismiss the case.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted Case Dismissed
    People v. RW – RW was charged with a Class X Felony of Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana. Chicago Police Officers stopped RW after they saw him place 2 large UPS boxes in the trunk of his car. The officers believed that the boxes contained marijuana. After the stop, the officers searched the car and recovered the boxes. The boxes in fact contained a large amount of marijuana. Mr. Gal Pissetzky, along with co-counsel, filed a Motion to Quash Arrest and Suppress Evidence claiming that RW was illegally stopped and searched. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the Chicago Police officers and proved to the judge that the officers acted illegally and violated RW’s Constitutional Rights under the Fourth Amendment. The judge granted the Motion and all charges against RW were dismissed.

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