Legal age for dating
Much of the evidence in age of consent cases tends to be circumstantial.
Based on the specific details of your case and the strength of the prosecution’s evidence, former prosecutor Steven Haney will advise you about your legal options and give you his best recommendation with regard to negotiating a plea or fighting the charges in court.
An affirmative defense to any sex crime where the “victim” is under the age of consent is that the accused reasonably believed that the “victim” was of legal age.
In other words, the accused had a valid reason to believe that the other persons age was at, or beyond, the legal age of consent.
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Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse – when a person 17-years-old or older commits an act of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 13; or uses force or threat of force to commit an act of sexual conduct with a minor at least 13 years old, but under the age of 17.
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse – when a person under the age of 17 commits an act of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 9; or uses force or threat of force to commit an act of sexual conduct with a minor at least 9 years old, but under the age of 17.
Moreover, under Illinois law, when a person under 17 years of age commits a sexual act with another who is under the age of 17, but at least 9-years-old, they are also guilty of criminal sexual abuse.These laws range from those aimed at from protecting minors from being solicited for sex to being photographed or filmed indecently.Moreover, there are laws in Illinois that cover the obvious sex-related crimes against vulnerable minors.Because of this, many teenagers find themselves in situations in which they are near in age to each other, but still technically violating Illinois law.For example, an 18-year-old high school senior having sexual relations with a 16-year-old high school junior could be found guilty of criminal sexual abuse. In Illinois, when a person commits a sexual act with someone under the age of 17, but over the age of 13, and the person is less than 5 years older than the minor, he or she is guilty of criminal sexual abuse – even if both participants believed the sex was consensual.