Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Defense Attorney
DuPage County and Cook County Lawyer Offers Aggressive and Affordable Sex Assault Defense
A person being accused of criminal sexual assault is being arrested for what is commonly known as rape. Illinois law defines criminal sexual assault as sexual penetration by use of force, the threat of force, or the abuse of authority. It is generally a felony charge punishable by incarceration, significant fines, and registration as a sex offender. If you are arrested for a criminal sexual assault, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney that can prepare you for every phase of the legal challenges ahead and the life-altering repercussions you will face. The attorneys at McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully resolved a wide range of sex crimes, including sexual abuse, rape, indecent liberties with a child, and Internet sex charges throughout the Chicago area.
Defending Criminal Sexual Assault Charges in Chicago
Unfortunately, in cases of criminal sexual assault, there are often no witnesses. And, false accusations do occur. The skilled defense attorneys in the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. will start working to improve your outcome even before your case goes to trial. We will seek to prepare and file the appropriate motions to suppress evidence, and work to get your charges dropped or reduced. We have years of success in the courtroom defending clients facing criminal sex charges and we will employ the best legal strategies to refute the prosecutor’s case against you, including:
- Investigating the accuracy of events described in the charging documents
- Challenging the veracity of timelines and statements made by the accuser
- Questioning the rationale and motivations for the accuser to lie in the case
- Making the case for a consensual sexual encounter
- Testing the accuracy of police reports and investigative actions
- Challenging DNA and other evidence offered against you
- Raising issues of age deception for a victim who is a minor
Criminal Sexual Assault Penalties in Illinois
Criminal sexual assault is one of the most serious sex crimes, and one that carries particularly severe penalties. Conviction of sexual assault is a Class 1 felony, with a penalty ranging from 4 to 15 years in state prison, and a fine of up to $25,000.00. Prior convictions for sex offenses could result in longer prison sentences, up to a term of life. The charges can increase to a Class X felony if there are aggravating circumstances, such as perpetrating the assault against a victim that is elderly, physically or mentally disabled, or 13 years or younger, or a weapon or drugs are involved during the commission of the sexual assault.
The experienced sexual assault defense attorneys in the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. will work vigorously to minimize the damage that these charges can cause for you and your family. Contact us to discuss your charges in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and have successfully defended clients facing sex crime charges in DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.