Champaign County, Illinois Sex Crimes Lawyer
In many ways, sex crime allegations are the worst charges a person can face, even worse than being accused of a violent offense. When a person stands accused of a sex crime, especially a sex crime involving a minor, many people will automatically assume they are guilty. Our criminal justice system makes it very hard to clear your name, and even a false accusation can ruin your reputation.
It’s time to fight back. Frivolous sex crime accusations do occur, and our justice system assumes you are innocent until proven guilty for a reason.
Regardless of the circumstances, contact our Champaign County, Illinois sex crimes lawyer today for a confidential consultation.
Sex Crimes Are Serious
At Patel Law, PC, we represent anyone accused of a sex crime. We begin by learning as much as possible from you about the allegations. If hired, we can also begin reviewing the evidence the prosecutor has in their possession, including witness statements and physical evidence.
We don’t stop there. Often, it is vital to perform our own investigation, since we can never rely on the government to hand over evidence that shows your innocence. We might interview other witnesses, talk to medical personnel, and request cell phone or other records. Sometimes, text messages sent after an alleged incident tell a very different story than the one the prosecutor wants a jury to believe.
We can immediately get to work and defend anyone accused of:
- Child abuse and molestation
- Criminal sexual assault
- Sexual assault of a minor
- Solicitation of a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Internet sex crimes
Sex crimes carry severe penalties. Many are felonies that carry mandatory time in prison. Getting charges reduced is often difficult because prosecutors don’t want to be seen as “soft” on sexual predators, especially those accused of preying on children. Likewise, judges in Illinois (who are elected) see no reason to impose a lenient sentence. It is possible to face years in prison for a sex crimes conviction.
Sex offender registration is another penalty many people rightly dread. Although designed to protect the public, the Megan’s Law database is searchable, and any member of the public can find out about your conviction. It can be very difficult to find a new job or even live in peace with the details of a conviction broadcast so publicly.
Can You Defend Against Sex Crimes Allegations?
Yes. Patel Law, PC has helped many people fight back against sex crime accusations. There is no reason to immediately admit guilt or allow the prosecutor free rein to search your computer. The best defenses begin immediately by forcing the prosecutor to work for a conviction.
The defenses we raise will depend on the facts of your case. Often, when an adult is an alleged victim, consent is the best defense. In other cases, we might argue someone else downloaded the child pornography found on your phone or computer, or that you never solicited a minor online or in person.
Contact our Champaign County, Illinois sex crimes lawyer today.