Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

DuPage, Cook And Kane County Sexual Abuse Defense Attorney

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a criminal offense under Illinois commensurate with a significant burden of penalties. Under Illinois law, any unsolicited fondling or touching of a victim's sexual organs is considered aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the repeated instances of sexual abuse against underage victims have caused the justice system to heavily crack down on this type of behavior, making it far too easy for one to be falsely or inaccurately accused of the charge. The offense carries heavier penalties if certain aggravating circumstances were involved with the alleged crime, including:

  • The threat of violence
  • A victim under the age of 18
  • A minor victim under the age of 14
  • The alleged defendant carried a degree of influence or professional superiority over the alleged victim

If allegations of aggravated criminal sexual abuse have been brought against you, you should contact a DuPage criminal defense attorney from Martin & Kent, L.L.C. immediately.

Penalties if Convicted of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony in Illinois and if you are convicted of this charge you can face a sentence up to two to five years in jail and a fine up to $2,500. In some instances, however, the judge may allow the defendant to serve two years of probation (which can include counseling, community service and other conditions).

If you are found guilty of engaging in aggravated criminal sexual abuse, you will have to register as a sex offender. In Illinois, a sex offender must register for a minimum period of 10 years. During this time period you will have to check in with the local police and live in an area that is approved (at least 1,000 feet away from any school or daycare).

If you are convicted of engaging in aggravated criminal sexual abuse, not only will you have to deal with hard-hitting penalties, you will have to deal with a lifetime stigma. If the alleged victim is a minor the penalties of the offense will be enhanced and you will face a potential longer prison time.

Get the help of our aggressive legal team today!

Accusations of aggravated criminal sexual abuse are not to be taken lightly, even if you are sure you are innocent. If you have been charged with this crime, it is imperative that you speak with a DuPage County sexual abuse attorney immediately.

Contact Martin & Kent, L.L.C.today and let us put our more than 42 years of criminal law experience to work for you. We will do everything possible to protect your rights and uphold your innocence. Call for your free consultation with our legal team now!