Defending Against Sexual Assault ChargesSexual assault charges can be fragile for prosecutors because of the nature of the evidence. The prosecution must prove that:

  • The defendant committed the sex act; and
  • The accuser did not consent to the act.

If the accuser cannot provide reliable testimony or physical evidence of the sexual assault, there is little chance that the case will end in a conviction. However, a skilled defense against sexual assault charges will not rely on the prosecution failing to prove its case. If you have been charged with sexual assault, your defense can be proactive in explaining your side of the case and finding holes in the prosecution’s evidence.

Physical Evidence

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Illinois criminal defense attorneyCriminal charges for kidnapping your own child might seem strange, but it is a reality that many loving, well-meaning parents have faced. In fact, Health Research Funding (HRF) indicates that nearly 204,000 children have been abducted by a family member; that family member is often a parent or legal guardian. Learn more about parental kidnapping charges in Illinois, including what you can do to protect yourself when facing such accusations.

What is Parental Kidnapping?

Parental kidnapping sounds like a heinous crime – like a parent abducted their child with malicious intent. This is not always the case. In fact, some cases involve parents who have exceeded their parenting time, either accidentally or for reasons beyond their control. Others have attempted to protect their child from an abusive partner. Some may take the child because they fear they are about to lose custody or visitation with their child in a contentious divorce. All these reasons are understandable, but it does not make the action any less illegal.

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Federal Drug Convictions Come With Harsher PenaltiesU.S. Attorney General Jess Sessions recently instructed federal prosecutors to use the maximum charges in drug cases. If prosecutors follow through on the mandate, it will further illustrate how federal drug charges can have greater consequences for defendants than state drug charges. While both Illinois and federal drug convictions can result in prison sentences, federal laws require mandatory prison time for many convictions.

Illinois Laws

Punishments for drug convictions in Illinois vary, depending on the substance, the quantity and whether there was an intent to deliver:

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerThough they are not a new thing, online DUI classes have become more mainstream. They were once only available to individuals who did not have a physical class near them, but now anyone can choose this option. However, it is not the right DUI class for everyone. Learn more about the online classes, including how they compare to physical classes and how it is that you can determine if they are the right option for you.

Advantages to Online DUI Classes

Being forced to attend a physical class is embarrassing and inconvenient on many different levels. First, you must ask for time off work to attend, which means you are going to miss out on the income you need to pay for your class and fines. You also need to arrange a ride to the class; this may require asking a friend, neighbor, or family member that may not know about your DUI arrest. So, now everyone knows about the mistake you made. Online classes can help you avoid all this trouble.

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Understanding Internet Sex Crime ChargesA sex crime conviction can result in devastating punishments that follow you for the rest of your life. Besides prison time and fines, you may be required to publicly register as a sex offender. Even the accusation of a sex crime may be enough to ruin your reputation. The growth of the internet has increased the ways people can be accused of sex crimes, and the digital trail left on a computer makes it easier to gather evidence. There are several types of internet-related sex crimes you can be charged with.

Child Pornography

The possession of child pornographic materials is a serious offense. Illinois law defines child pornography as:

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