Illinois Indecent Liberties with a Child Defense Attorney
Aggressive and Affordable Criminal Lawyer Defense Indecent Liberties Charges in Cook County
In the case of indecent liberties with a child, or alleged child molestation, the accused and the child might be the only two witnesses. A child, under age 17, can be a compelling and sympathetic witness in a courtroom. And, a child can be mistaken, or coached. If you are charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, the allegations alone, not to mention a conviction, could have a devastating impact on your employment, your reputation, your family relationships, and your future. If convicted, you could face incarceration, and be required to register as a sex offender. You need a competent, knowledgeable attorney in your corner to defend you against such serious charges. The attorneys in the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. have the experience and tenacity to fight for your rights in the face of great public scrutiny and rigorous prosecution. We have successfully represented clients in sexual abuse cases throughout Cook County and the Chicago area.
Child Molestation Charges in Chicago
In Illinois, the age of consent to any type of sexual activity is 17. Child molestation can occur when a person engages in masturbation, sexual conduct, or sexual penetration with a child under age 17. One of the defenses that may be permitted in certain cases is that the accused reasonably believed that the victim was 17 years or over at the time of the act. In addition to child molestation, there are a variety of other sexual offenses against children that could be charged, including:
- Child pornography
- Public indecency
- Indecent solicitation of a child
- Sexual exploitation of a child
- Juvenile prostitution
- Ritualized abuse of a child (i.e., a child marriage followed by sexual contact)
Charges and Penalties in Indecent Liberties with a Child Cases
Depending on the specific charges and allegations, the penalties for indecent liberties with a child can range from misdemeanors to felonies with increasing penalties, including:
- Fines from $2,500 to $25,000 for sexual abuse and sexual assault
- Possible 1 year in jail to a lengthy prison sentence
- Supervised probation
- Participation in sex offender treatment program
- Registration as a sex offender
Public indecency, which can occur naked or clothed, is a misdemeanor offense that can result in jail or a sex offender treatment program as a condition of probation.
Any person can be charged with sexual exploitation of a child (under 17) if the accused knew that a child would view the sex acts employed for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification. Sexual exploitation of a child is a Class A misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of this Section is a Class 4 felony. A person who is at least 17 can be charged with indecent solicitation, of a child, if the accused used a computer for online solicitation, or some other form of communication, to arrange a sexual act with a child under age 13. Indecent solicitation of a child is a Class A misdemeanor when the act is deemed criminal sexual abuse. It is a Class 4 felony when the act is deemed aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, or aggravated criminal sexual assault.
Child pornography charges can result in a Class 1 felony charge with a mandatory minimum fine of $2,000 and a maximum fine of $100,000. In child pornography cases involving mentally diminished children, it is a Class 3 felony with a mandatory minimum fine of $1000 and a maximum fine of $100,000.
Patronizing a juvenile prostitute is a Class 4 felony, soliciting a juvenile prostitute is a Class 1 felony, and juvenile pimping (receiving anything of value) in exchange for a prostitute under age 16 is a Class 1 felony.
When faced with crimes involving indecent liberties with a child, it is important to get legal advice from an experienced team of criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible. Don't make any statements to the police or anyone else until you have obtained qualified legal representation. The attorneys in the law office of McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C. can help reduce bail conditions, get appropriate motions to suppress evidence, and seek to get your case dismissed. Our attorneys defend indecent liberties with a child and a wide range of sexual abuse cases throughout the Chicago metro area.Contact our skilled criminal defense attorneys for a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices serving DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane counties.