In Illinois, as is the case in all other 49 states, lawmakers have established statutes that set the age at which an individual may legally give consent to participate in sexual activity. Violation of the age of consent, by one or both partners, can result in serious sex crime charges that carry severe consequences.
Sexual Abuse Laws
In nearly all cases, the age of consent in Illinois is 17, which means engaging in sexual activity with a partner 16 or younger will result in a range of charges, from a misdemeanor to a felony, under the state’s sexual abuse laws.
Romeo and Juliet
Illinois does not have a “close in age” exemption, sometimes referred to as a Romeo and Juliet Law, under which there may be circumstances when statutory rape charges may not apply. However, in Illinois, even if both partners consent and one or both are underage, a violation of the age of consent law has occurred and charges may be made against one or both parties.
Work with an Experienced Arlington Heights Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
The consequences of sex crime charges can impact one’s life in a number of ways, and for years following the events that led to the charges. To ensure you are treated fairly by law enforcement and prosecutors, retaining the services of a practiced and knowledgeable Illinois violent sex crimes defense lawyer makes sense. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, understands the sensitive nature of these situations, and uses a variety of resources to build an innovative and aggressive defense on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation call 847-253-3400 and get answers to all your questions.
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