Aggravated criminal sexual abuse, as defined by 720 ILCS 5/11-1.60, is when an individual commits criminal sexual abuse (an act of sexual conduct) with any aggravating factors.

Aggravating Factors for Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois

The following is a list of “aggravating factors” for the charge of criminal sexual abuse in the State of Illinois. If any of these factors are found to exist, the defendant is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse instead of the lesser charge of criminal sexual abuse.

  • Simultaneous commission of another felony
  • Use of a dangerous weapon
  • Infliction of physical bodily harm
  • Threats to the victim’s or another individual’s life
  • The victim has a physical handicap
  • The victim is over the age of 60
  • Drugging of the victim with a controlled substance

A person can also be charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse if they commit criminal sexual abuse under any of the following circumstances:

  • The victim was 18 years old or younger and a family member of the offender
  • The offender was 17 years old or older and:
    • the victim was 12 years old or younger, or
    • the victim was ages 13-16 and force or threat of force was used
  • The offender was under 17 years of age and:
    • the victim was 8 years old or younger, or
    • the victim was ages 9-16 and force or threat of force was used
  • The victim is severely intellectually disabled
  • The offender was 17 years old or older and the victim was ages 13-17, but the offender held a position of authority over the victim

Penalties for Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in Illinois

In Illinois, aggravated criminal sexual abuse is charged as a Class 2 Felony. Class 2 felonies are punishable by 3-7 years in prison, with a possibility of parole depending on the circumstances of the case. Individuals convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse are also required to register in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry for life.

These consequences can have a profound impact on an individual’s life. As a registered sex offender, the stigma of a sex crime can follow them for life. That is why it is essential for anyone accused of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to hire a competent and experienced sex crimes defense lawyer.

Contact a Top Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been accused of aggravated criminal sexual assault or aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a strong, aggressive defense is your best chance at avoiding a conviction. The sex crimes defense attorneys at Dolci & Weiland are former sex crimes prosecutors and understand how sex crimes are handled by the state in Illinois courts. We know how to best defend you in any aggravated criminal sexual assault case. Contact us today to discuss your case with our Top 100 National Trial Lawyers.

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