When Waukegan residents are accused of committing criminal offenses, they not only need to make sure their rights remain protected in court, they also need to make sure they understand their options when it comes to defending their cases and how different options could have a positive or negative influence on the outcomes of their cases.
For example, earlier this week a Grayslake man accused of committing sex crimes decided to plead guilty to a lesser charge instead of pleading not guilty to the initial charges that had been filed against him. As a result, the man might avoid a lengthy jail sentence. The penalties he now faces for the lesser charge are still severe, though.
Earlier this year, the man’s wife, who is now his ex-wife, had told police that she caught her husband trying to commit a sex act with a child who was under the age of 13. The incident allegedly took place in the couple’s home. The man was later charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
This week, the charges were reduced in exchange for a guilty plea. The man pleaded guilty to attempted predatory child sexual assault. He will be sentenced next month. The 41-year-old man could face up to 15 years in prison for the offense.
When Illinois children, teens and adults are sexually assaulted, they are often left with emotional scars. Sex offenses are terrible crimes, which is why these offenses often carry very severe and harsh punishments.
When individuals are accused of committing sex crimes, their reputations are often damaged before they even have a chance to defend their cases. Even those who are later found innocent may still struggle with rebuilding their reputations once their legal issues are resolved. With the help of an attorney, folks who have been accused of committing sex crimes can rest assured that they have someone on their side who will keep their best interests in mind when moving forward with their cases in court.
Source: GrayslakePatch, “Grayslake man pleads guilty to attempted child sex assault,” Dec. 18, 2012
- Our Waukegan firm provides counsel to those who are facing criminal charges, including sex offense charges. To learn more about our firm and practice, please visit our Lake County sex crimes defense attorney page.
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Lake County man pleads guilty to reduced sex crime charge