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Sexual Assault

Criminal Defense Lawyer Protecting the Rights of Clients in Palos Heights, Orland Park, and Northern Illinois

Sexual assaultSexual misconduct charges have frightening implications for the accused. Their reputation, social status, or employment may be at stake. They are also at risk for imprisonment and lifelong, mandatory reporting with the state's sexual offender registry. At the Fotopoulos Law Office, we aggressively protect our clients from these consequences. We strongly believe in the concept that they are innocent until proven guilty. In every case, we pursue the most positive outcome possible. Our attorney serves as a committed advocate, protecting the future of our clients at every turn.

Sexual Assault Charges in Illinois

In most cases, sexual assault is considered a felony charge. In fact, the only exception is criminal sexual abuse involving a victim between the ages of nine and 16 and an accused under the age of 17, or a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 and an accused that is no more than five years older than the victim. Considered a Class A misdemeanor, this charge carries a penalty of up to one year of imprisonment. All other sexual assault charges carry, at a minimum, a mandatory four-year term of imprisonment. These felony sexual assault charges include:

  • Criminal sexual assault,
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault,
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault,
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault,
  • Criminal sexual abuse with a victim younger than age nine,
  • Criminal sexual abuse with an accused that is more than five years older than the victim.

Subsequent offenses, as well as those that are considered violent or particularly heinous, typically carry heavier penalties than other sexual assault charges. For example, aggravated criminal sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual assault both have provisions through which an accused could face up to life in prison. Both may involve the use of a firearm, discharge of a firearm, or bodily harm to the victim.

In addition to the felony conviction, which could limit housing and employment opportunities, those facing charges for sexual assault may be forced to register as a sex offender on the Illinois' state registry. This turns the accused into a social outcast, which is often undeserved. In fact, a high percentage of sex offenders are juvenile offenders who were, at the time, mere children themselves. One horrible mistake led to a conviction that completely altered their lives and robbed them of their futures. Our attorney aggressively protects the rights of both adults and juveniles who are facing sexual assault charges.

Contact Our Sexual Abuse Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you love is facing a sexual assault charge, do not delay. Get in touch with the Fotopoulos Law Office and discover the difference that dedicated and aggressive representation can make in your case. We will fight for your rights and protect your future, regardless of the charges or evidence against you. Contact us at 708-942-8400 today. We serve clients in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Burbank, Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Mokena, Bedford Park, Palos Heights, and throughout northern Illinois.

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