Chicago Rape Crime Defense Attorney
Trusted and Proven Legal Defense
Being convicted of rape will impact your entire life. Even after you have
served your time, the consequences of the sex offenders list and the stigma
of your conviction will continue to follow you around. If you have been
accused of rape or attempted rape, contact the Law Office of Steven Fine
today. Our Chicago criminal defense lawyer can provide the skilled defense
your case needs and assist you through the legalities of the
sex crime law system.
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About Rape Charges and Cases
Rape is a form of
sexual assault that involves sexual intercourse and other forms of penetration without
the consent of one of the parties. There are different forms in which
rape charges can occur, depending on the intent, whether or not alcohol
or drugs were purposefully used to sedate the victim, and the age of the victim.
Charges of Attempted Rape
Attempted rape is when an individual intends to forcible rape another individual.
Unlike rape charges, attempted rape is considered a misdemeanor crime.
Attempted rape charges are determined by two factors:
- An overt act;
- An intention to rape at the time of the overt act.
An overt act is an action backed with criminal intent that is proven by
evidence. Because there is only the intention of rape in attempted rape
cases, intent and state of mind can more easily be defended.
Charges of Date Rape
This non-legal term is used to describe forcible sexual contact during
a consensual social interaction that one of the parties resists or is
unable to resist. This does not mean that the incident happens within
the context of a date or dating situation. Often, date rape is used to
describe situations in which one party is drugged or too intoxicated to
give consent. Those could be arrested for date rape if they used drugs,
such as roofies, to sedate the other party member.
Charges of Statutory Rape
Statutory rape is initiating or participating in sexual intercourse with
a minor or someone under the legal age of consent. According to Illinois
law, an individual under the age of 17 is incapable of giving lawful sexual
consent. In cases of statutory rape, it does not matter if the sexual
contact was a consensual social interaction. Claiming that the victim
lied about his or her age or showed a fake ID is not a reasonable defense
for these kinds of cases.
However, there are situations in which a defendant can be charged with
a misdemeanor instead of a felony level offense. These situations include:
- If the victim is at least 9-years-old and the defendant is under the age of 17
- If the victim is at least 13-years-old and the defendant is less than five
years older than the victim
Because sexual activity between an adult and a minor is illegal, there
are numerous offenses and charges that do not involve physical penetration
or statutory rape. Our firm can provide defense for your case if you are
facing child molestation or
child pornography charges.
Defending You against Rape Charges & Accusations
If you have been charged with rape or attempted rape, no doubt you are
worried about your future and your reputation. Because of the seriousness
of rape crimes, many people in society are quick to label defendants as
guilty without actually looking at the facts. It is a sad reality that
many people are accused of rape when they are completely innocent, whether
because they have an angry ex who is trying to get revenge or a spouse
who is trying to gain child custody. Our Chicago criminal defense attorney
understands and believes that every individual deserves committed defense.
Contact our firm today to get started—call our office at (312) 436-0638.