One of the most controversial and emotional crimes a person can be accused of - whether the accusation is true or not - is a sex crime. One of the reasons why sex crime accusations are so controversial is the unclarity of what does and does not insinuate consent. Each state has its own sexual consent laws and varying punishments for sex crimes. It’s important to understand what constitutes sexual consent in your state.
Sexual Consent in Illinois
According to Illinois state law, consent is defined as a freely given agreement to the act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct in question. It also states that a lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission by the victim in response to the use of force or threat of force does not constitute consent. Illinois state law also says that the manner of dress of the victim does not constitute consent. Furthermore, a person can withdraw consent during the course of a sexual act and any further action by the accused is considered non-consensual.
Punishments for Sex Crimes
There are varying punishments for sex crimes, and they depend on the specific crime that an individual is charged with. The laws in Illinois are as follows:
Contact an Illinois Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of a sex crime, finding an experienced Illinois defense attorney will ensure you have the representation you deserve. The Law Offices of Scott F. Anderson in Arlington Heights will help guide you through the intricacies and uncertainties of the sex crimes legal process. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call 847-253-3400.
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