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Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerOnline solicitation of a minor is a crime that is aggressively tried by federal prosecutors. If you are convicted, you could face many years in prison. You also may be facing personal consequences like marriage difficulties and social ostracization.

For these reasons, you need to retain counsel that will take any and all steps to investigate your case and what evidence the government has implicating you in the crime. This will likely involve having the computer and other hardware seized by the government cloned so that the defense attorney and defense forensic experts can review the data.

Online solicitation of a minor is a federal crime set forth in 18 U.S. Code § 2422. That section states that using the internet to knowingly persuade, induce, entice or coerce any minor to engage in any unlawful sexual activity or to attempt to do so is illegal.

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Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerIt is surprising but true: child pornography sentences are longer than sex contact crimes perpetrated against minors such as rape or molestation. This holds true whether the convictions take place in state or federal court.

Experts believe that this differential can be attributed to the type of evidence presented at child porn and sex contact crime trials. In sex contact crimes trials, testimony is often a key component of the government’s case. Testimony can often be conflicting between witnesses. This is especially true where children are witnesses. There is often also difficulty gathering physical evidence in sex contact crimes.

In contrast, child pornography cases typically involve firmer evidence. Child pornography possession is essentially a strict liability crime; if a person is found to be in possession of the contraband, he or she will likely be convicted. The physical evidence is often on a computer or other piece of technology. There is usually no “he said, she said” testimony.

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Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerIf you are convicted of a sex offense, you will likely have to register as a sex offender. Typically, on must remain registered for a minimum of ten years. Some convictions carry a lifetime registration requirement.

As a sex offender, you are prohibited from living or being present at certain locations, like in the vicinity of school and parks, and you must continually update your personal information as it changes. These requirements can become taxing over time. Failure to adhere to sex offender registration rules can result in additional charges and sentences.

Registration Requirements

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Cook County defense lawyerSex crimes are horrific in nature and can cost the person committing the crime and the person affected by the crime severe consequences. What many people do not know about sex crimes is that there are many myths attached. No incident of a sex crime is the same, and each person who commits this crime has a different mindset and way of committing the act. However, being charged with a sex crime is serious and may come with unwanted consequences.

What to Know about Sex Crimes

There is a huge misconception that most or all sex crimes are committed by strangers. While this may be true in some incidents, most sex crimes are committed by a family member, friend, significant other, spouse, or other trusted individual. Although most males are held accountable for sex crimes, females have also been responsible for these types of crimes. Even though there may be some children who have been sexually assaulted will grow up to sexually assault others, the majority of offenders were not sexually assaulted at a young age.

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sexual-assaultSexual assault, a long-time societal problem, can occur anywhere: at home, at work, on campus, in a public setting, and even in the military. Not only does sexual assault negatively impact the person affected, but also the person committing the assault. The person affected by sexual assault may suffer emotionally and physically, while the person committing the assault may face life-changing consequences.

Types of Sexual Assault and Violence

Sexual assault and violence comes in many forms, even though the emotional hardships and unwanted consequences still follow. Several types of sexual assault include, but are not limited to:

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