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Illinois sex crime laws reference define public indecency in 720 ILCS 5/11-30, in which it states that anyone age 17 or older who commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct, or a lewd exposure of their body with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of another person, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. It can escalate to a Class 4 felony upon a third or subsequent conviction.
Public indecency includes criminal acts such as indecent exposure and lewd conduct. Although these may not appear to be the most serious of sex offenses, they can still leave a black mark on your criminal record. A conviction could result in a jail sentence of up to one year for a misdemeanor and one to three years for a felony. You will also face a fine of up to $2,500 or $25,000 and will also be required to register as a sex offender for life. Sex offender registration limits where you can live and work and what conduct you can have with children, so don’t take chances if you are facing charges. Contact a Chicago criminal defense lawyer right away to make sure that you are not convicted or sentenced to face penalties that you do not deserve.
Without the representation of a sex crime attorney, you stand very little chance of obtaining a dismissal of your charges. It is also vital that you retain the right attorney for your case, however, since an inexperienced lawyer will not be able to build your defense and successfully fight your charges. At Okabe & Haushalter, we have represented clients facing charges ranging from child molestation to aggravated criminal sexual assault. Schedule your initial case evaluation today! Contact our firm for the capable and aggressive defense that you need.