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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.

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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.
  • Not Guilty of All Charges Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine

    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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