Criminal Sexual Assault Defense Attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony unless you have certain sex offenses in your background. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd in Chicago, Illinois represents clients in tough situations every day. If you have been arrested for criminal sexual assault, Attorney Sandra L. Byrd wants to hear your side of the story. She will take the time to explain the seriousness of what you are facing and all available options.

Understanding Criminal Sexual Assault Charges

Under Illinois law, Criminal Sexual Assault occurs when a person commits an act of sexual penetration and:

  • Uses force or the threat of force
  • Knows the victim cannot understand the act or give knowing consent
  • Is a relative of the victim and the victim is under 18
  • Is 17 and older and holds a position of trust, supervision or authority over the victim and the victim is at least 13 and under 18

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault

Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault is defined as Criminal Sexual Assault with the presence of at least one aggravating factor including, but not limited to:

  • The presence or use of a dangerous weapon
  • The presence or use of any item fashioned to be used as a dangerous weapon
  • Bodily harm inflicted upon the victim
  • Actions that endanger the life of the victim or any other person
  • Engaging in Criminal Sexual Assault while committing or attempting to commit any other felony
  • Assaulting a person who is over the age of 60 and/or handicapped
  • The victim is drugged against their will

There are additional factors such as discharge of a firearm, assaulting children and sexual penetration without consent. Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class X felony that can carry a sentence up to 60 years in prison and in certain circumstances natural life in prison.

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child is committed when an act of sexual penetration occurs between an accused who is 17 years of age or older and a victim who is younger than 13 years old. Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child is a Class X felony that carries a sentence of between 6 and 60 years in prison. Additional penalties of at least an additional 15 years in prison will be imposed if the accused:

  • Is armed with a firearm, or
  • Personally discharges a firearm while committing the sexual assault, or
  • Causes great bodily harm that permanently disables or endangers the life of the victim
  • Delivers a controlled substance without consent by threat or deception

Penalties include consequences for Class X felony convictions to natural life imprisonment.

Penalties for Sexual Assault Cases

Sexual assault can be defined differently depending on the circumstances. A conviction may result in extended prison sentences, hefty fines, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Multiple convictions can result in grave consequences such as life imprisonment. The severity of a sexual assault charge cannot be overstated. Attorney Sandra L. Byrd has a passion for tough cases. She is a top-rated lawyer in her field and has a well-deserved reputation for relentless defense in the midst of difficult situations.

If you were arrested for sexual assault, contact Sandra L. Byrd today for a free initial consultation. She will listen to you and take the time to answer any questions you may have. From her Chicago, Illinois office, she serves clients in Cook County, Chicagoland and beyond. Call (312) 928-1000 today.

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