If Charged with Sex Crimes, What Are Your Rights as a Defendant?

Accusations of sex crimes are very serious and can lead to grave consequences for a defendant if convicted. If you have been charged with sex crimes or are facing an arrest, it is important to consider all criminal defense options in order to properly confront the legal issue. No matter what charges you are facing, you always have the right to a defense.

Sex crimes can carry serious penalties that may include jail time and registration on national and Illinois sex offenders lists. The specific penalties will differ from case to case, but a criminal defense lawyer can evaluate your case and determine what you may face. A proper defense strategy may help you avoid a conviction or secure lesser penalties, if possible.

Regardless of the specifics of a defendant’s case, a conviction should be based on fact and scientifically based evidence. If there are issues with a prosecution’s case, the defendant may challenge any of the evidence presented against him or her and, in addition, present evidence for his or her defense. Every Illinois defendant has the right to due process of the law and the right to receive a fair trial. All are presumed innocent unless proved otherwise in court.

An individual case evaluation can reveal the possible defense strategies for your case. If you have been charged with sex crimes of any kind, you deserve to know all of your options and get a clear explanation of other factors, such as possible sex offender registration. Facing criminal charges of any kind can be overwhelming, but you do not have to face the process alone.

Source: nacdl.org, “Sex Offenses“, Accessed on March 11, 2015