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Sex Crime Attorney in Chicago

Passionate Representation for Clients Charged with Sex Offenses

With more than 16 years of experience, the Law Offices of Gemma B. Dixon has guided numerous clients through the Illinois legal system. Sex crimes carry severe penalties, including registration in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. If you have been arrested and charged with a sex offense, it is important to seek representation right away to defend your rights and pursue a favorable outcome. Call our Chicago criminal defense attorney today at (312) 487-2407 to learn how our services can help.

Types of Sex Crimes We Represent

Illinois imposes strict penalties for a variety of sex crimes. Whatever your situation, our firm can analyze your case and tenaciously uphold your rights in court. Sex crimes fall into a variety of categories, and some have more severe penalties than others. It is important to understand what you are being charged with when determining a legal defense, and our attorney can discuss your options for trying to lessen or drop the charges.

We represent clients facing a variety of sex offense charges, including:

  • Criminal sexual assault
  • Prostitution
  • Child pornography
  • Sexual crimes against a child

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony and involves sexual penetration with the use or threat of force. It also relates to situations where the victim is unable to give consent or understand the nature of the sexual act, or where the victim is between 13 and 18 years old and the defendant is 17 years old or above and had a position of trust or authority over the victim. Furthermore, if the victim is a family member of the defendant and is under the age of 18, the court will pursue charges of criminal sexual assault.

Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor under Illinois law. It refers to the exchange of money, property, or anything of value in return for sexual penetration or touching of one person by another person. Along similar lines, solicitation is the offering of money or anything of value in return for the sexual act of penetration or touching, and is a Class B misdemeanor.

Child pornography refers to the photography, film, or depiction through a visual medium of a child under the age of 18 engaged in actual or simulated sexual conduct. Furthermore, the willful possession of films, videotapes, or other visual representation of child pornography is a criminal offense. Other sexual crimes against children include sexual abuse, exploitation, and sex trafficking. It is important to note that Illinois no longer has a statute of limitations related to child sexual abuse. This means a child sexual offense charge may be brought against a defendant at any time after the crime.

Penalties for sex offenses include:

  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $100,000, depending on the offense
  • Prison sentences ranging from 1 year to life in prison
  • Registration as a sex offender

Class X felonies, which involve repeat criminal sexual assault offenses and child pornography, carry the heaviest penalties. These include 30-60 years in prison, life prison sentences, and heavy fines. Furthermore, repeat offenses for prostitution count as Class 4 felonies and carry prison sentences of 1-3 years. The severity of the charges and penalties depend on several factors. This includes the location of the crime (such as whether it was near a school), the nature of the crime, and any physical or mental injuries resulting from the crime.

Call Our Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Today at (312) 487-2407

At the Law Offices of Gemma B. Dixon, we provide thorough legal services to clients facing charges of sex offenses. We can investigate the situation and use effective defense tactics to help you seek a favorable outcome. A conviction would require you to register as a sex offender, which would make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, and education later on in life. With our firm, you can receive timely, aggressive representation that takes your specific needs into consideration. From start to finish, we can provide diligent legal assistance and advocacy on your behalf.

Contact one of our dedicated criminal defense attorneys today to secure to quality legal representation you deserve!