Sex Crimes/Pornography

Aggressive Sex Crime Defense

At Stephen A. Brundage, Attorney at Law, we have the experience to vigorously defend clients against prosecution for any sex crime. Based in Wheaton, Illinois, we represent people accused in DuPage, Kane, and Cook counties of the following:

  • Internet sex crimes
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Statutory rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Solicitation of prostitution
  • Failing to register as a sex offender

Call (630) 260-9647 immediately if you have been charged with any sexual offense. We offer a free initial consultation to advise you of your rights, the possible consequences, and your legal options (fighting the charges vs. negotiating a plea).

Child Pornography / Internet Solicitation

Possession or distribution of child pornography, or soliciting a minor for sex in an Internet chat room, carries major consequences for conviction, including prison and registration as a sex offender. I explore all avenues of defense to get charges dropped or reduced. Under the law, the penalty for possessing one photo is the same is possessing 1,000. If you are convicted or plead guilty, I argue that any punishment should fit the crime.

Prosecutors must prove your knowledge and intent. We employ computer forensics experts and other resources to show that you accidentally downloaded material, that you took steps to purge illegal images, that you thought you were purchasing legal adult entertainment, or that others had access to your computer. In online solicitation charges, I also look for evidence that the alleged victim misrepresented their age or that undercover sex crime officers acted outside the law to entrap you.

Rape and Statutory Rape

Conviction for sexual assault or sex with a minor carries likely prison time and sex offender status. I exhaust all possible defenses to dismiss charges, challenge the allegations at trial, or negotiate with prosecutors for a favorable plea to a lesser offense. In sexual assault cases, we examine all evidence, including hospital exams and DNA evidence, police reports, conflicting statements of the victim, and motivation to bring false accusations. I can also present evidence to argue that sex was consensual, and that the victim has a reason (e.g., parents, spouse) to lie about it.

Engaging in Sexual Contact with a minor varies according to the age of the minor and difference in ages. (Even a 17-year-old can be charged for having sex with another minor.) Your defense may center on not knowing the victim was underage, along with challenging evidence that the sexual encounter even took place. Some underage children may be excused from testifying, complicating your defense because there is no opportunity to cross-examine. I aggressively challenge the testimony of teachers, social workers, nurses, police officers or others to whom the alleged assault was reported.

Sex Offender Registration and Violations

At sentencing, those convicted of a sex crime are ordered to register as sex offenders for 10 years, or for a lifetime. I represent you at the sentencing hearing to argue for the lesser status, and can represent you if you face new criminal charges for failing to register with authorities.

Experienced Sex Crime Defense Lawyer

I have practiced law in Illinois for over 25 years, and spent nine years in law enforcement before that. For skilled representation to stop prosecution or avoid the worst consequences, contact my Wheaton office today at (630) 260-9647.