Statutory Rape in Illinois
In the state of Illinois, stringent protections are in place to prevent the sexual abuse of minors, and in some situations apply even to minors who engage in consensual sexual acts with each other. The statutes governing these situations are very clear in their language and impose harsh penalties on those who violate them, leaving little room for leniency without the aid of skilled criminal defense attorney.
If you have been charged with criminal sexual abuse, it is essential that you seek experienced legal representation in order to protect your rights and interests as you could be facing significant penalties. To learn more about your legal rights and what you can do to begin formulating a defense, contact the experienced Champaign statutory rape defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000.
Types of Statutory Rape
There are very strict laws in place for those who sexually abuse children under the age of 13, and violators can face between six and thirty years in prison after a trial by jury. Much more common when considering the idea of ‘statutory rape’ is the sexual interactions of those just under or just over the age of consent, which is 17 in Illinois. The following laws apply to these age groups:
- A victim between 13 and 17 with an offender who is at least 5 years older than the victim will be charged as aggravated criminal sexual abuse, punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison.
- A victim between 13 and 17 with an offender who is less than 5 years older than the victim will be charged with criminal sexual abuse, punishable by up to one year in prison.
- An offender under the age of 17 and a victim between the ages of 9 and 17 can be charged with criminal sexual abuse, punishable by up to one year in prison.
It is important to note that in the final case, it is possible for both parties in a consensual sexual act to simultaneously be a victim and an offender, and both can be charged with criminal sexual abuse.
The experienced Champaign statutory rape lawyers of Bruno Law Offices are committed to defending the rights and interests of our clients. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain a favorable settlement or verdict should you be charged with criminal sexual abuse. For a free consultation to discuss the details of your case and begin formulating your defense, contact us by calling (217) 328-6000 today.