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How many years can a person spend in jail for a sexual assault

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How many years can a person spend in jail for a sexual assault? What is the max? What is the min?

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  1. If you are found guilty--even of a lesser sexual offense--you will not only serve time, but will be listed on the Illinois sex offender register. Even after you finish your sentence you may have difficulty finding employment and a place to live.It is not a defense that the two involved are in a relationship or plan to get married.

    Criminal sexual abuse is a Class A misdemeanor offense for which the sentence can be up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. The sentence for aggravated criminal sexual abuse is 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a possible $25,000 fine.

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    No one can know what the record is in the case because online we cannot see your documents. You need a lawyer. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.

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  2. This depends on the specific crime that the person was charged with. If it was a class A misdemeanor, the prior answer is accurate. For a listing of all possible punishments in Illinois, go to: http://www.myillinoisdefenselawyer.com/illinois-criminal-code-and-laws/

    You can figure out the type of crime charged by looking at the charging information, it will list the class of the offense, then go to the web-site here and look for the range of punishment associated with that class.

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  3. You need to speak to an attorney in person so you can provide more details. A sex offense could be a Class A misdemeanor involving fines and local jail time or it could be a Class X felony requiring at least 6 years in prison. There are too many variables, so you should determine what this person is actually charged with and call an attorney.


  4. You should also know that each separate act can be charged separatey and consecutive sentences can be imposed depending on the facts. You really need to consult a lawyer.

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