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Criminal Sexual Abuse Illinois

A person accused of committing criminal sexual abuse in Illinois could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the individual circumstances of the case. No matter the exact severity of the alleged crime, a conviction for it can bring severe criminal penalties.

A conviction for sexual abuse in Illinois can bring the following sentencing requirements:

  • Lengthy jail or prison time
  • High fines
  • Restitution paid to the victim
  • Mandatory sex offender registration
  • Hours of community service
  • Probation

Are you currently feeling unfairly judged by the criminal justice system and society after being accused of criminal sexual abuse in Illinois? Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC and our attorneys in Chicago for sex offenses can help you clear your name and defend your rights. From the first moment of your case to the last, we are adamant about doing everything in our power to secure the best possible case result, whether that be a case dismissal, not guilty verdict, or charge reduction.


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What is Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois?

Illinois law defines criminal sexual abuse as any sort of sexual misconduct that does not necessarily include the accomplishment of sexual intercourse. Sexual abuse may become an escalated charge if the defendant is a minor under the age of 17. As with any sex crime, it should be assumed that the prosecution will work adamantly to secure a conviction in a sex abuse case, regardless of the actions allegedly carried out by the defendant.

Types of sexual misconduct that can be cited in a criminal sexual abuse case include:

  • Groping
  • Sodomy
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Recording sexual acts

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois

In Illinois, criminal sexual abuse can escalate to aggravated criminal sexual abuse (a felony) if the defendant introduces a threat of force or actual force while committing sexual misconduct, including using a firearm.

If the alleged victim of the sexual misconduct was unable to provide legal consent due to intoxication, impairment, unconsciousness, and any other reason that would remove the ability to give consent to sexual behavior, it will also be classified as aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Other factors that can classify the crime as a Class 2 felony include if the alleged victim is 60 years old or older, if the criminal sexual misconduct happens while another felony crime is conducted, or if the alleged victim is younger than 13 years old.

As a Class 2 felony, aggravated criminal sexual abuse can carry with it extreme penalties upon conviction. The state may utilize a prison sentence between 3 and 7 years for this crime, with the added possibility of a minimum sentencing requirement. Fines for an aggravated criminal sexual abuse conviction can range up to $25,000.

Your Defense is Our Top Priority

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The defense counsel in a criminal sexual abuse case in Illinois has the unwavering and inalienable duty to do everything possible to protect the defendant from a conviction. Our Chicago sex crime attorneys both understand and advocate the importance of this duty. When you retain our services for your criminal sexual abuse defense case, you will see that we are second-to-none when it comes to delivering passionate and compassionate defense for people in need, for people in situations just like yours. Our law firm focuses almost-exclusively felony defense cases, giving us insight and knowledge that few other Illinois criminal defense lawyers can claim.

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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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