The charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse occurs when someone commits simple criminal sexual abuse, but under specific conditions that make the crime more serious. The legal definition of criminal sexual abuse is found under 720 ILCS 5/11-1.50
The crime not the same as rape, which involves sexual penetration and is considered criminal sexual assault. For more information on aggravated criminal sexual assault, continue reading here. The wording of the law is intentionally left vague to encompass a number of related behaviors that physically violate an individual’s sexuality. In short, any forced sexual act can be prosecuted.
There are numerous reasons that the charge can be elevated to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, so it is best to consult with a qualified attorney who understands the details and nuances of the law.
A complete chart of the offenses and their penalties can be found under 720 ILCS 5/12-12
Simple criminal sexual abuse is either a Class A misdemeanor or Class 4 felony. They carry punishments of up to 1 year in prison and a fine of $2,500 or up to 3 years in prison and a $2,500 fine, respectively. However, there are many ways that the charge can be elevated to aggravated criminal sexual assault. In this case, the punishment is even more serious and life-altering.
Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony, and a conviction results in up to 7 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
Importantly, apart from all of these potential consequences, anyone convicted of a sex crime must register on the Illinois Sex Offenders Registry for life. The consequences of being on this list are wide-ranging and make even the simplest of every day tasks far more difficult. You will be limited in where you can live, work, and travel, in addition to limitations on social media use and participation in public activities, including religious activities.
If you have been charged with any of the above-mentioned crimes, especially aggravated criminal sexual abuse, it is important not to despair. A competent lawyer has numerous tactics that can be used to potentially dismiss or lessen the charges. In the case of a conviction, it may also be possible to work out a more favorable sentence. For example, parole is a possibility if you have not been charged with a prior conviction.
You have many rights which must be upheld throughout the case from the incident to sentencing. An attorney can ensure that your future is given the best chance for freedom.
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