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Sex crimes defense - What is predatory criminal sexual assault of a child?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including DUI and sex crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such charge that can carry a heavy sentence is predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.A person commits predatory criminal sexual assault of a child if that person is 17 years of age or older, and commits an act of contact, however slight, between the sex organ of one person and the part of the body of another for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the victim or the accused, or an act of sexual penetration, and: the victim is under 13 years of age; or the victim is under 13 years of age and that person: is armed with a firearm; personally discharges a firearm during the commission of the offense; causes great bodily harm to the victim that: results in permanent disability; or is life threatening; or delivers (by injection, inhalation, ingestion, transfer of possession, or any other means) any controlled substance to the victim without the victim's consent or by threat or deception, for other than medical purposes.
If you have been contacted by the police or if you are being investigated for any charge involving sexual contact or misconduct, feel free to contact criminal defense lawyer John W Callahan- Posted by Illinois sex crimes lawyer John W Callahan

Sex crime defense - registration issue

As a sex crime defense lawyer for the past 18 years, I have represented hundreds of people charged with sex offenses ranging from child pornography to predatory criminal sexual assault to solicitation of a prostitute charges. When representing people charged with a sex crime there is always the sex offender registration requirement that you must be careful of. Many people call me every month asking if it is possible to remove them from the sex offender registry based on the fact that they were told that they would only have to register for 10 years and that once the conclusion of the actual ten-year reporting period expired, they were now told that they would have to register as a sex offender for life. What can be done?Recently, I was able to confirm that if you were told during your plea of guilty to a sex offense charge in court that the period of your sex offense registration was for a set amount of time but were later told by the sex offender registration unit that you would have to register for life; that there may be some relief for you. I believe that if a transcript of the plea of guilty or any legal proceedings where a judge was present can be shown to the sex offender unit that you were clearly told during your plea that you would only have to register for a five or 10 year period of time but are now required to register for life, that the sex offender unit will eliminate the lifetime registration based on the fact that you were legally advised to do so by the court.To be clear, if the court advised you that you would only have to register for 10 years but you are now being told that you have to register for life as a sex offender, we may be able to lift that lifetime registration requirement if we can order the transcript of the court proceeding and it shows that the judge told you your registration period would only last for 10 years.If you were forced to register as a sex offender by a court and you have questions as to the length of the period that you have to register for or are now being told that you have to register as a sex offender for life when you thought you would only have to register for 10 years, feel to contact sex crime defense lawyer John W Callahan to discuss your case.- posted by sex crimes and DUI defense lawyer John W Callahan

Sex Crime Defense Battery versus assault

In sex crime defense law, I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges.  One question that people often ask is what is the difference between criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual battery?

How long can my sentence be if I am charged with a criminal sexual assault?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such charge that can carry a heavy sentence is criminal sexual assault.Illinois law does not use the term rape in sex crimes. What other people may consider rape, the law calls criminal sexual assault. Criminal sexual assault is categorized as a Class 1 felony offense, with a potential penalty of 4 to 15 years in prison. Under this charge, the judge is not permitted to sentence the offender to probation; a prison sentence is mandatory. Therefore, the minimum penalty for criminal sexual assault is 4 to 15 years in prison. If the defendant has a prior conviction for sexual assault, then a second or subsequent offense is a Class X felony. The possible sentence on a second offense is 6 to 30 years in prison, or 30 to 60 years as an extended sentence, or the natural life of the offender.For more information on the sentence you can receive for a criminal sexual assault or any drug related arrest, contact John W. Callahan for a free consultation.
- Posted by criminal defense lawyer John W. Callahan

My child had been arrested for a sex related offense, what should I do?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including DUI, drug, and sex crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. Charges that can carry heavy consequences, especially for a minor, are sex related offenses.Most parents are concerned about their child's future, especially if their child has been accused of a criminal offense, more specifically a sex crime. No matter your child's age, if your child has been accused of a juvenile sex offense, they may be forced to register as sex offenders for the rest of their life. Any type of criminal record can keep a student from pursuing their goals since student loans and other governmental college aid may be forfeited. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact a lawyer to act as a buffer between your child and the prosecution as well as your child and the police.Further, a child's criminal conviction may stay with them for the rest of their lives, impacting their ability to get a job, where they live, their ability to travel out of the country, and their ability to support themselves. That is why it is important to hire an attorney immediately upon being informed that your child is suspected of committing a sex related offense, even before an arrest, in order for your child's attorney to protect your child's rights and begin to develop a defense.For more information about juvenile court or the consequences of being charged with a sex offense as an adult, contact criminal defense lawyer John W. Callahan for a free consultation.
- Posted by criminal defense lawyer John W. Callahan

My child has been arrested for a sex related offense, what should I do?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including DUI charges, drug crimes, and sex crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. Charges that can carry heavy consequences, especially for a minor, are sex related offenses.Most parents are concerned about their child's future, especially if their child has been accused of a criminal offense, more specifically a sex crime. No matter your child's age, if your child has been accused of a juvenile sex offense, they may be forced to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Any type of criminal record can keep a student from pursuing their goals since student loans and other governmental college aid may be forfeited. Further, a child's criminal conviction may stay with them for the rest of their lives, impacting their ability to get a job, where they live, their ability to travel out of the country, and their ability to support themselves. That is why it is important to hire an attorney immediately upon your child's arrest in order for your child's attorney to protect their rights and begin to develop a defense.For more information about juvenile court or the consequences of being charged with a sex offense, contact John W. Callahan for a free consultation.- Posted by criminal defense lawyer John W. Callahan

What is criminal sexual abuse part 2

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such charge that can carry a heavy sentence is criminal sexual abuse.A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person: commits an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force; or commits an act of sexual conduct and knows that the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act or is unable to give knowing consent. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person is under 17 years of age and commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 9 years of age but under 17 years of age. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the person is less than 5 years older than the victim.For more information about criminal sexual abuse and the consequences you could face, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney.
- Posted by lawyer John W. Callahan

What is criminal sexual abuse?

I have represented hundreds if not thousands of clients who have been charged with crimes including DUI and sex crimes in the Chicago area for over seventeen years. Some of these are misdemeanor charges in Illinois and some of them are felony charges. One such charge that can carry a heavy sentence is criminal sexual abuse.A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person: commits an act of sexual conduct by the use of force or threat of force; or commits an act of sexual conduct and knows that the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act or is unable to give knowing consent. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person is under 17 years of age and commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 9 years of age but under 17 years of age. A person commits criminal sexual abuse if that person commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who is at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the person is less than 5 years older than the victim.For more information about criminal sexual abuse and the consequences you could face, contact our office to speak with an experienced defense attorney.
- Posted by lawyer John W. Callahan

I have been charged with prostitution, what are the consequences?

As a criminal defense attorney, I have represented clients from the Northwest suburbs to Chicago charged with prostitution. While practicing as a defense attorney, I have had experience in representing clients from a multitude of sex crimes. One typical sex crime in Illinois is prostitution.Under Illinois law, prostitution means that a person knowingly engages in a sexual act intended to result in arousal or gratification in exchange for payment of some sort, although the payment may be any offering of value, not just money. A charge of prostitution for a first-time offender usually is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $2,500.00 and up to a year in jail. This may be upgraded to a Class 4 felony if the act of prostitution was committed within 1,000 feet of a school. Further, if the accused has been convicted of prostitution in the past, then the charge may be a Class 4 felony and the penalties are more severe.For more information about the consequences of a prostitution conviction and how to help yourself if you are charged with prostitution or soliciting a prostitute, or even a drug charge, contact our office to speak with an attorney experienced in defending clients from sex crimes.
- Posted by criminal defense lawyer John W. Callahan

Can the state use my confession against me in a criminal case?

Criminal defense lawyer Michael Norris has represented hundreds of clients who have "confessed." Not only did they confess but these clients signed written confessions stating clearly that they did the crime. What was the crime? Two of them were murders, one of them was a criminal sexual abuse charge. In all three of those cases Mike was able to either convince the judge to dismiss the case or convinced a jury to find his clients not guilty after a full jury trial. In one case, the client came in after pleading guilty with another attorney to 12 years in jail. The client also was going to be required to register as a sex offender for his entire life. Defense Lawyer Michael Norris convinced the judge to vacate the plea from the other attorney and the matter was set down for a jury trial. After the jury trial, Mike Norris' client was found not guilty of all counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.- Posted by DUI Lawyer, John W. Callahan

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