Sex Crimes

Monday, July 10, 2017

What if You Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Chicago?


If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime in Chicago and been ordered to register as a sex offender, you can get into serious trouble with the court if you fail to follow through—and you could end up back behind bars.

What Happens if You Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Chicago?

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Child Pornography Defense in Chicago, Skokie, or Rolling Meadows


The state of Illinois takes child pornography charges very seriously—and if you’ve been accused of this type of crime, you probably need to get in touch with a child pornography defense attorney as soon as possible.

Child Pornography Defense in Chicago, Skokie, and Rolling Meadows

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Could a Chicago Sex Crime Lawyer Help You?


If you’re facing serious criminal charges such as rape, a Chicago sex crime lawyer may be able to help you.

What Does a Chicago Sex Crime Lawyer Do?

Every case is different, so a good Chicago sex crime lawyer is flexible when it comes to meeting his clients’ needs.

For example, a client facing a rape charge in Chicago has different circumstances than one dealing with charges for participating in an Internet child pornography ring or one who’s accused of soliciting a prostitute.
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Monday, December 28, 2015

Will You Have to Register as a Sex Offender in Illinois?

If you’re convicted of a sex crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender in the state of Illinois. One of the most important things you can do if you’re accused of a sex offense – even if you’re innocent – is to get in touch with an attorney who understands the ins and outs of the Illinois laws that define sex offenders.

What Crimes Require People to Register as Sex Offenders?

In the state of Illinois, there are a number of sex offenses that, if convicted, will require a person to register as a sex offender. When you register, you’ll appear on the Illinois sex offender registry, which includes:

  • Date of birth
  • Weight
  • Hair
  • Sex
  • Height
  • Race
  • Eye color
  • Marks, scars and tattoos
  • Admission, release and discharge information
  • Sentencing information, including the name of the offense, the date of arrest and the sentence

Typically, any felony or misdemeanor conviction of a number of sex crimes will require you to register as a sex offender. Those crimes include:

  • Aggravated child pornography
  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault
  • Child pornography
  • Criminal sexual abuse
  • Criminal sexual assault
  • Custodial sexual misconduct
  • Exploitation of a child
  • Forcible detention (if the victim is under 18)
  • Indecent solicitation of an adult
  • Indecent solicitation of a child
  • Juvenile pimping
  • Keeping a place of juvenile prostitution
  • Kidnapping (not parental kidnapping; if the offense was sexually motivated and the victim was under the age of 18)
  • Permitting sexual abuse of a child
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child
  • Public indecency for a third or subsequent conviction
  • Ritualized abuse of a child
  • Sexual exploitation of a child
  • Soliciting for a juvenile prostitute

Further, attempts to commit any of these offenses can be grounds for requiring you to file as a sex offender in Chicago and the rest of Illinois.

If you’re considered a sexually dangerous person or a sexually violent person, you’ll also be required to register every 90 days for your entire life.

What to Do if You’re Accused of a Sex Crime in Chicago

If you’re accused of committing a sex crime in Chicago or the suburbs, even if you’re innocent, it may be in your best interest to get in touch with an Illinois sex crime lawyer who can help you.

Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online for a case evaluation today. The potential consequences of a conviction may be too severe for you to try defending yourself without an experienced lawyer by your side.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Charged With a Sex Crime in Chicago? You Need Help.

Sex crimes are serious offenses in Illinois – and a conviction can have a huge impact on the rest of your life. You could end up behind bars, on probation, and even barred from some types of employment; most people convicted of sex crimes in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois are required to register as sex offenders.

What Counts as a Sex Crime in Illinois?

The state of Illinois clearly defines sex crimes in 720 ILCS 5/11.

Some of the offenses described in the statute include:

What Should You Do if You’re Accused of a Sex Crime in Chicago?

If you’ve been accused of a sex crime in Chicago or any of its suburbs – whether or not the state has pressed charges against you, it may be in your best interests to get in touch with a Chicago sex crime defense lawyer as soon as possible.

The law doesn’t look favorably on people who are accused of committing sex crimes, so in many cases, it’s wise to have an attorney representing you and protecting your rights.

You have the right to have a lawyer with you when police or investigators are interviewing you, and you have the right to bring your lawyer with you to court.

The sooner you get in touch with an attorney, the sooner he can begin formulating a strategy to help you. Your lawyer will ask you several questions so he can defend you aggressively, which is extremely important in such a high-stakes case.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Illinois

The state of Illinois is notoriously tough on sex offenders, and in many cases, judges require people convicted of sex crimes to register on the statewide and nationally available Illinois Sex Offender Registry.

Recently, though, the whole system has come under fire for legislation and loopholes that make it extremely difficult for people to register.

So what happens if you don’t register as a sex offender in Illinois?

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Illinois

If you fail to register, or if you fail to renew your registration, the courts can find you guilty of a Class 3 felony. If it’s your second or subsequent time failing to register as a sex offender (or failing to renew your registration), the courts can find you guilty of a Class 2 felony.

The penalties vary, but at the very least, you will be required to spend at least 7 days in jail according to the law. The minimum fine is $500, although judges can order you to pay more.

The law takes it a step farther, though. If someone you know has reason to believe that you haven’t registered and attempts to help you “lay low,” he or she can be convicted of a Class 3 felony.

Who Has to Register?

If you’ll be expected to register as a sex offender, you’ll be told when you’re sentenced. Generally, any person convicted of any of the following crimes will be required to register:

  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual abuse
  • Criminal sexual assault
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault

Remember, it’s important that you know your rights if you’re accused of a sex crime in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. Your Illinois sex crime lawyer can preserve your rights and ensure you’re treated fairly throughout the entire process, and he’ll be a valuable resource when you have questions, as well.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

Any kind of sexual misconduct conviction on your record can be traumatic and life changing, but there are different terms that create a vast difference in sentencing – and many people view them differently, as well.

Criminal Sexual Abuse vs. Criminal Sexual Assault

Criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault, according to Illinois law, are two very different charges. For one, criminal sexual abuse is can be a misdemeanor in some cases; criminal sexual assault is always a felony.

Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois

Criminal sexual abuse can be a Class A misdemeanor or a felony. It’s a misdemeanor when the person who commits sexual misconduct is under the age of 17; it’s a felony when the accused commits sexual conduct either under force or the threat of force, or when the victim couldn’t give knowing consent to the act.

If the accused could reasonably believe that the victim was at least 17 years old, that can often be used as a defense against criminal sexual abuse charges.

Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

Criminal sexual assault is different from criminal sexual abuse. It generally refers to rape, and under the law, it’s sexual penetration combined with:

  • Force or the threat of force
  • A victim who was unable to understand what was going on
  • A victim who was unable to give knowing consent
  • A victim who was under 18 years old when the accused is a family member
  • A victim who was at least 13 but under 18, and the accused is 17 or older and held a position of authority, trust or supervision toward the victim

The law further establishes aggravated criminal sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual assault, both of which the courts consider Class X felonies.

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

Aggravated criminal sexual assault meets all the criteria of criminal sexual assault and includes:

  • The use of a dangerous weapon
  • Infliction of bodily harm
  • Making threats against the victim’s life or another person’s life
  • Commission of another felony at the same time
  • A victim who is over 60 or is physically handicapped
  • The accused drugging the victim through controlled substances
  • The accused discharging a firearm during the sexual assault, with or without causing harm or death to someone else

The accused can also be found guilty of criminal sexual assault if the victim is 8 years old or younger, provided he or she is over the age of 16, or when the victim is between the ages of 9 and 12 and force or the threat of force is used. Finally, if the victim is mentally challenged, the courts may find the accused guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

Predatory criminal sexual assault involves a defendant older than 17 and the victim is 12 or younger. Other factors may also come into play, such as the defendant carrying or discharging a firearm, causing great bodily harm, and delivering controlled substances to the victim.

If you’ve been accused of criminal sexual assault or criminal sexual abuse, you’ll probably want to work with a Chicago sex crime lawyer who’s familiar with Illinois law. It’s important that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible so he can protect your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly within the Illinois justice system.


Friday, April 17, 2015

Prostitution Charges in Chicago

Chicago takes prostitution pretty seriously. Police frequently set up stings to catch prostitutes and their customers, so a significant number of people are arrested for prostitution each month.

Illinois Prostitution Defined

According to Illinois law, a prostitution conviction is possible for “any person who knowingly performs, offers or agrees to perform any act of sexual penetration (of the mouth, hands, or anus, however slight) or any touching or fondling of the sex organs of one person by another person for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification for any thing of value commits an act of prostitution.”

It’s a Class A misdemeanor, which means a conviction is punishable by up to 12 months of incarceration. If you’re convicted, you’re also facing up to $2,500 in fines.

You can even be picked up for soliciting others within the city of Chicago. The law is very clear when it says, “Any person who remains or wanders about in a public place and repeatedly beckons to, or repeatedly stops, or repeatedly attempts to stop, or repeatedly attempts to engage passersby in conversation, or repeatedly stops or attempts to stop motor vehicles, or repeatedly interferes with the free passage of other persons, for the purpose of pandering, prostitution, or solicitation shall be guilty of a violation of this section.”

This is a violation of city ordinance, so the penalties include a possible fine between $750 and $1,500. It also carries a possible penalty of imprisonment for 20 days to 6 months, as well as possible community service or a diversion program.

Even worse, though, the superintendent of police will make your name available to newspapers, radio stations and TV stations.

What to Do if You’re Arrested for Prostitution in Chicago

Because a conviction carries such serious penalties, it’s probably a good idea to talk to a prostitution lawyer in Chicago. Don’t admit or deny anything; you have the right to wait for your attorney before you answer any questions, so use it.

The judge may be lenient with you; if it’s your first offense and you have a clean record, he or she may even dismiss your case. However, if this is your second or subsequent time being arrested for prostitution within Chicago’s city limits, judges are less likely to cut you a break. It’s important that you let your lawyer know about the other times you’ve been to court so he can protect your rights and get the best possible outcome for your case.

 


Friday, February 20, 2015

All About the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

In the state of Illinois, a conviction for any sex offense carries serious penalties. While each case is different, you’ll end up on the Illinois sex offender registry if a jury finds you guilty.

What Convictions will Put You on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry?

Even what you may consider the most minor sex crime could require a judge to order you to register as a sex offender. Many sex crimes certainly require it—there is no room for dispute under Illinois law.

 If a jury convicts you of any of the following sex crimes, you will be required to register as a sex offender:

  • Criminal sexual assault
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual abuse
  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse

So what does registering as a sex offender really mean, and how strict is the state of Illinois when it comes to sex offender registration policies?

Illinois Sex Offender Registration Policies

People who are considered sexual predators must register with the state of Illinois every year, while sexually dangerous and sexually violent people have to register every 90 days; both of these classifications require registration for the rest of the person’s natural life.

Sex offenders have to register with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where they live. It costs $100 to register, and if an offender moves, he or she has to notify law enforcement within three days.

The Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

If you must register as a sex offender, you will not be allowed in any school or allowed to loiter within 500 feet of school property unless you have written permission of the superintendent or the school board. The only exception exists if you are a parent of a child attending that school and you are going to confer with a teacher.

Sex offenders are not allowed in public parks, including conservation areas and forest preserves that are controlled by the government.

If your crime took place after January 1, 2010, and if you were convicted on or after that same date, you cannot use social networking websites while you’re on probation, parole or mandatory supervised release.

What to Do if You Are Accused of a Sex Crime in Illinois

If someone accuses you of a sex crime, the first thing you need to do is call a Chicago sex crime lawyer. It’s best not to answer investigators’ questions, even if you’re innocent, because investigators could misunderstand your responses or take them out of context. Don’t say anything to anyone until you have talked to your attorney.

 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sex Crimes

 

Sex-related crimes are some of the most serious charges under the law and require some of the harshest penalties.  Sex offenses include but are not limited to Criminal Sexual Assault (Rape), Criminal Sexual Abuse, and even Indecent Exposure.

There are many things your attorney should consider if you are charged with a “Sex offense” such as the following:

·       Were there any witnesses to the alleged offense?

·       What did the victim do before and after the rape?

·       Who was the outcry to?

·       When was the outcry made?

·       Was DNA testing done?

·       Were drugs and/or alcohol involved?

These considerations and more must be explored by your attorney when facing such a severe charge. The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury will conduct a thorough investigation and get the answers to all the important questions in order to help your case at trial. Contact us now for a Free Consultation. 


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