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We have all heard the horror stories of child predators who contact children in seemingly harmless chat rooms. Unfortunately, these are not myths, and Illinois sex crime laws specifically address illegal actions that are committed via electronic communication. These crimes include luring of a minor (“grooming”) and child exploitation. According to 720 ILCS 5/11-9.1, engaging in a sexual act, exposing one’s sexual organs, or enticing a child to engage in such acts to induce sexual arousal via “virtual presence” on the Internet is a Class A misdemeanor. Furthermore, according to 720 ILCS 5/11-25, luring or enticing a child to commit any sex offense, or luring them to engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, is a Class 4 felony.
A Class A misdemeanor will result in a fine of up to $2,500 and a jail sentence of up to 1 year. A Class 4 felony may incur a fine of up to $25,000 and a jail or prison sentence of 1 – 3 years. Consult with a Chicago criminal defense attorney right away if you are facing charges. They are the only person capable of fighting your charges and defending you from a sex crime conviction and lifelong sex offender registration.
Okabe & Haushalter has handled criminal defense cases ranging from sex crimes and felonies to DUI charges and misdemeanors. Our attorneys are aggressive in the courtroom, but will work with you to ensure that you have the best chance of a successful defense. We have been featured in the news on various occasions-including being named a Leader in Criminal Defense in the October 15, 2012 edition of Newsweek magazine. Additionally, Ryan Okabe is rated 9.3 Superb and Mark J. Haushalter is rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo. These are just some of our many accomplishments and awards. Contact our firm today to up a consultation appointment by calling our firm or filling out our online evaluation form. We can help!