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Joliet Criminal Sexual Assault Defense Attorney

Criminal Sexual Assault

Lawyer in Will County for Individuals Charged With Sex Crimes

If you are facing allegations of any type of sex crime, you could be subject to serious penalties including fines, prison time, and registration as a convicted sex offender. The accusation alone has the power to destroy your life and your professional reputation. At the Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C., we understand the challenges involved with defending against allegations of sex crimes, and we are committed to providing the responsible, aggressive defense you deserve.

Understanding Criminal Sexual Assault in Illinois

According to the Illinois Criminal Code, criminal sexual assault refers to an act of sexual penetration in which the perpetrator:

  • Used or threatened the use of force;
  • Knew that the victim was not able to give consent or understand the nature of the act;
  • Was a relative of the victim, and the victim was under the age of 18; or
  • Was at least 17 years old and in a position of authority over the victim. (The victim must be at least 13 and under age 18.)

One of the most important elements of a criminal sexual assault charge is that it involves sexual penetration. Inappropriate touching and other forms of non-penetrative sexual conduct may be considered under the charge of criminal sexual abuse rather than criminal sexual assault.

Penalties for Criminal Sexual Assault

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony offense in Illinois, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A second conviction results in the charge becoming a Class X felony, with the possibility of life in prison.

Under Illinois law, there are many factors that could elevate a charge of criminal sexual assault to aggravated criminal sexual assault, which is a Class X felony. These include but are not limited to:

  • The use of a weapon;
  • The infliction of injury;
  • Committing another felony at the time of the act;
  • The age or disability status of the victim;
  • The age of the perpetrator; and
  • The use of drugs or alcohol to subdue the victim.

At the Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C., we know that the mere accusation of a sex crime can have a devastating effect on your life. When formal charges of criminal sexual assault are filed against you, even your own friends and family may assume that you are guilty. Our firm, however, believes that every criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, even those charged with sex crimes.

Protecting Your Rights in Plainfield and Shorewood

Attorney Eric J. Blatti is an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the serious nature of sex-related criminal allegations. He and his team will conduct a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding your arrest and the evidence against you. From there, we will work with you to determine the best course of action for protecting your rights and your future. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to negotiate with prosecutors to reduce the charges and limit the impact on your life. However, we are also fully prepared to advocate on your behalf at trial if necessary.

Call 815-744-2500 Today

If you or someone you love has been accused of criminal sexual assault, it is critical to take action immediately. Contact our office to discuss your case with our attorney during a free, confidential consultation. Call 815-744-2500 for an appointment. The Law Office of Eric J. Blatti, P.C. serves clients in and around Joliet, Shorewood, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Lockport, Plainfield, and throughout Will County.

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