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Have you been accused of rape or sexual assault in Illinois? The prosecution will be adamant about landing a felony conviction and members of your community may have already cast you into a negative light. In order to defeat what is widely considered the most severe of sexual offenses, you must act quickly and retain a trustworthy legal professional to come to your defense.

Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC and our Chicago sex offense attorneys can bring 15+ years of total legal experience to your sexual assault or rape case. We know how much is on the line when you have been accused or charged with a felony offense, and we react accordingly by pouring each available resource into your casework. Our law firm has deliberately focused our skills and abilities on felony cases, giving us a higher understanding of these escalated charges and how to overcome them. By fighting for your rights and the best possible outcome, be it a charge reduction, case dismissal, or not guilty verdict, we do our part in keeping the criminal justice system honest.

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Legal Definitions of Sexual Assault & Rape

Illinois considers sexual assault and rape as the same crime, which is committing any sort of penetrative sexual act against someone who has not provided or cannot provide consent. In most cases, sexual assault will be recorded as “rape” if force was used to achieve the unapproved sexual act but this change of title does not actually alter the legal definition. Additionally, such sexual behaviors can be considered sexual assault whenever they are carried out with a minor, someone with a mental or cognitive disability, and someone heavily intoxicated or impaired by drugs. Criminal sexual assault will be considered a felony violation, which can be penalized by some of the heaviest consequences the criminal justice system can utilize.

Penalties for a sexual assault conviction in Illinois may include:

  • Imprisonment, which may range from 4 years to life in prison
  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Restitution paid to the victim
  • Registration on sex offender lists
  • Removal from public offices and certain occupations

Felony Predatory Sexual Assault Crimes

Illinois considers any sort of criminal sexual assault against a child under the age of 13 and carried out by someone over the age of 17 as predatory sexual assault. Sexual penetration is not a necessary factor for this category of sexual assault, only sexual interaction. The state may consider it predatory sexual assault if the alleged perpetrator is not over the age of 17 but is armed with a firearm, causes significant harm to the alleged victim, or uses drugs or alcohol to impair the alleged victim.

Predatory sexual assault is considered a Class X felony in Illinois. A Class X felony is technically the second-most severe felony offense category in Illinois law, with only first-degree murder surpassing it in legal seriousness. Upon conviction, the state can use mandatory minimum sentences without parole and tens of thousands of dollars in fines as penalties. If the alleged predatory sexual assault involved more than one victim or the defendant has previous child-related sex crime convictions, life imprisonment will be an option during sentencing.

Build Your Defense & Fight Back

When you are accused of criminal sexual assault or rape, your future, finances, freedom, and reputation could all be taken away from you if you are convicted. Now is the time to start working on your defense strategy with our Chicago sex crime attorneys. We consider all angles and pieces of evidence in cases to construct as solid a defense as possible to show that our clients were arrested and accused based on nothing more than misunderstandings, exaggerations, or completely falsified stories. The prosecution in Class X felony cases, such as predatory sexual assault, will not likely offer any negotiation, and your only way out will be to put up a legal fight with defense attorneys prepared for any and everything that can occur in a felony trial. Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC and our accomplished Chicago sex offense lawyers cannot start on your case until you let us.

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OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE VICTORIES

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts People v. AB
    AB was charged with child pornography, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although the State made several offers on the case, Mr.Pissetzky and another attorney demanded trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross-examined the State’s witnesses and proved that AB did not know that the victim was under 18 years of age. After listening to the evidence, the judge found AB NOT GUILTY on all counts.
  • Sentenced Reduced Heroin Conspiracy
    USA v. DA – 2011 – Mr. DA was charged in one the biggest Heroin busts in Chicago. DA was facing a mandatory life sentence under the Federal Rules because he was a repeat offender. After long negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that DA was not part of the conspiracy and convinced the judge to sentence DA to only 37 months. All other charges were dropped.
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty: possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver
    People v. JB – 2011 – Mr. JB was charged with 3 other co-defendants with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver. Although the State’s attorney made a very low offer for a plea, Mr. Pissetzky advised JB to proceed to trail. During a bench trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that JB did not have any knowledge of the drugs that were recovered from the car of the co-defendant. Although the police testified that they saw the drug transaction, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found JB NOT GUILTY on all charges.
  • Case Dismissed People v. ARP
    ARP was charged with a Class X felony of Possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine . After careful review of the police reports, Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to quash and suppress evidence. At the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that that the Cook County Sheriff that stopped ARP search ARP’s car illegally. The judge Granted the motion to quash and suppress and the case against ARP was Dismissed.
  • Not Guilty People v. RT
    RT was charged with Possession with intent to deliver half a kilogram of Heroin. RT was facing a Class X Felony. Chicago police officers executed a search warrant at his home where they seized the Heroin. Mr. Pissetzky demonstrated to the judge during cross examination that RT did not have the required knowledge that the Heroin was at the home. The judge found RT Not Guilty.
  • Not Guilty People v. H
    People v. H- H was charged with the first degree murder of 3 people. The prosecutor had two witnesses that claimed they were with H when he committed the murders. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation and uncovered that someone else committed the murders. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the prosecutions witnesses and exposed their lies. After the prosecution rested their case, Mr. Pissetzky moved the court to dismiss all charges and find H not guilty. The Judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and found H Not Guilty of all charges dismissing the case.
  • Reduced Charges People v. VR
    VR was charged with possessing hundreds of child pornography pictures and movies on his computer. VR was facing a minimum sentence of at least 30 years in prison. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation into the allegations. With the help of his computer expert, Mr. Pissetzky was able to determine that law enforcement was using a specialized program to search private home computers. Mr. Pissetzky requested that the prosecution produce the program so it could be validated and reviewed for its accuracy. The judge ordered a hearing regarding the program, but the prosecution did not want to reveal its secrets. The prosecutor instead reduced the charges and made VR an offer that he couldn’t refuse.

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