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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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  • 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.
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    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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