One of the most devastating offenses a person can be charge with is a sex crime. The list of violations is long, including: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Abuse; Solicitation of a Minor; Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault — just to name a few. The punishment in Illinois for sex-based crimes can range as high as 60 years in prison — and in some cases, natural life. Even in the best case scenario, a person can be ordered to register as a sex offender for a minimum of ten years. The registration requirement is catastrophic for a person's personal and work life.
At The Law Office of J. Patrick Nelson, PC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys take a two pronged approach to defending people charged with a crime that involves sex and the possible registration as a sex offender. The first step is to place ourselves in between the police and our client. In sex crime cases, the police take longer bringing charges than with other cases — this is done because the police desperately want a confession, which is their strongest tool in obtaining a conviction. The best thing you can do is say NOTHING. That is where we come in. The police will lie and try and trick you into confessing — which by the way is perfectly legal. Even if you have done nothing wrong, you don't know what you don't know. What may seem like a benign comment from you might actually be quite damaging. Let us do the talking for you.
Second, we build the strong case possible to present to the jury. We disagree with most other firms that don't like to put on their case in front of a jury. "Juries don't like sex cases," is the reasoning behind their fear of a jury trial. Nobody likes a sex case, judge or jury. The right jury, however, CAN look objectively at the facts and apply the law correctly. It requires a skill in picking a jury — voir dire — which we pride ourselves on.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation so we can assess and advise you. Call 630-480-4280, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete our online information form. Based in Wheaton, our defense attorneys work with clients throughout the Chicago area, including the cities of Joliet and Naperville and throughout Will County, DuPage County and Cook County.
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