Sex Crimes Lawyers in Waukegan, IL
Sex offenses cover a variation of acts from felonies to misdemeanors and the penalties can range from a simple fine to prison. A mere accusation of a sex crime can stir emotions and fear of character assassination. The label of "sex offender" carries a strong stigma and can have adverse consequences within a community. Some acts such as public indecency, voyeurism, lewd acts, and prostitution are generally considered less serious while sexual assault, such as rape and non-consensual sadomasochistic acts causing physical injury are more serious. Any sexual contact with children is, of course, extremely serious. Laws governing children including the ownership of child pornography and the age of consent are very strict. Sex offenders may be subject to supervision and registration.
Some acts, such as adultery, may be considered more socially incorrect or inappropriate behavior against the social norms than illegal. Some sex acts may be considered a crime even if freely consented to. Since sex offenses are usually committed without a witness other than the victim, the credibility of the accuser is paramount. History is full of dishonest and false accusations, even when believed to be true, about personal matters such as sex. Under these conditions, laboratory evidence is also critical although errors can happen. When a charge of a sex crime is made, the final decision of whether to charge a person with a misdemeanor or a felony is made by the prosecutor. As there is so much variation in laws, including laws that one may not be aware of, it is vitally important to get legal advice for any questionable behavior even if there has been no contact with the police. Our lawyers at DLP will give professional nonjudgmental protection for the defense of all types of sex crimes.