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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 over 20 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.

Facing charges for sexual assault? Call (312) 883-9466 to request an initial case evaluation.

Illinois 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 in Chicago 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 in Chicago involved more than one victim or the defendant has previous child-related sex crime convictions, life imprisonment will be an option during sentencing.

What is considered statutory rape in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, if you engage in sexual activity and it is consensual with a child who is under 18 years of age, you can be convicted of statutory rape. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the case such as the age of the victim or the relationship between the defendant and the victim, you can face the following charges and penalties:

  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse: Class 2 felony punishable by a $25 to $25,000 fine and/or three to seven years in prison
  • Criminal sexual abuse: Class A misdemeanor punishable by a $25 to $2,500 fine, one year in prison, and up to two years’ probation
  • Criminal sexual assault: Class 1 felony punishable by a $25 to $25,000 fine and/or four to 15 years in prison
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault: Class X felony punishable by a $25 to $25,000 fine and six to 60 years in prison

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 (especially with a firearm), 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.

If you've been accused of sexual assault, call (312) 883-9466 to learn more about your defense options and our legal services.

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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