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Three Steps to Take Immediately If You Were Accused of Criminal Sexual Assault

 Posted on June 12, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Chicago Sex Crimes LawyerIn Illinois, the penalties for criminal sexual assault are life-changing. Not only do you face significant prison time if convicted, but you also face a lifetime of stigma and potential civil rights limitations.

Criminal sexual assault is typically a Class 1 felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and a fine of up to $25,000. A second conviction of criminal sexual assault is a Class X felony punishable by up to life in prison.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is important to take the following three steps immediately:

Remain Silent and Do Not Answer Police Officers' Questions

Even if you are innocent, it is best to remain silent and avoid answering any questions asked by police officers. Anything that you tell them can be used against you in future criminal proceedings, so it is best to exercise your right to remain silent.

Police may imply that cooperating with them will help your case, but do not be fooled. The best thing you can do is remain silent until you have a lawyer present to protect your interests.

Avoid Contacting the Person Who Accused You of Sexual Assault

You may be tempted to contact the person who accused you of sexual assault in an attempt to prove your innocence, but this is a mistake. First of all, you may be subject to a protective order that prohibits you from contacting the person who accused you. Violating the protective order will lead to additional criminal charges. Furthermore, any attempts to contact or visit the accuser could be misconstrued as harassment or intimidation and could be used against you in court.

Secure an Experienced, Aggressive Legal Professional To Help You Through the Process

The criminal justice system can be complicated and intimidating, so it is important to secure a criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights and help you navigate the process. Your lawyer can gather evidence to aid in your defense, negotiate with prosecutors for a plea agreement, and guide you through each step of the process. An experienced lawyer can also provide valuable insight and provide you with sound legal advice.

Contact Our Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Cook County criminal defense attorney James F. DiQuattro has over a decade of experience handling a wide range of criminal cases involving sexual assault. He is committed to providing you with aggressive and comprehensive legal representation throughout the process. Contact the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro at 312-627-9482 for a free initial consultation.



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