Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse
Potential Sentence: 3-7 Years IDOC
Lifetime Sex Offender Registration
Wigell Law Group Result: 2 years supervision on a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery
NO PRISON TIME
NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
NO CONVICTION UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION
Our young client, who was charged as a juvenile in Will County with the offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Specifically, he was accused of touching his young sister in a sexual manner. Fearful of the potential life altering implications that the charges could have upon the young man’s life, the family hired Wigell Law Group (WLG) to represent him.
The attorney’s at WLG maintained a position of strength on the case and vowed to fight the case to protect the young man from the potential lifelong harm that the charges posed against him.
The attorneys at WLG conveyed that an acceptable disposition would consist of no felony conviction or mandatory sex offender registration requirement. The prosecutor was at first very reluctant at the proposal.
To further advance this proposal, the attorneys of WLG had the client undergo a “sex evaluation.” A sex evaluation is an evaluation that is conducted by licensed professional under the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). The purpose of this evaluation is to determine the risk level of an individual’s potential to commit further sexual offenses.
After undergoing the sex evaluation, a report was compiled by the license practitioners who made a finding that the client was a low risk level for reoffending. Letters of support from the client’s family members in mitigation were also obtained. The letters of support demonstrated the family’s support of the young man despite the allegations and also showed that his young sister was not affected by the client’s alleged actions.
Attorney DiQuattro presented the sex evaluation report and letters of support to the prosecutor to further support his proposal. After reviewing the materials tendered and considering arguments supporting his proposal, the prosecutor reluctantly agreed. The prosecutor offered 2 years of supervision on a reduced charge of misdemeanor battery.
This means that when the client completes his supervision satisfactorily, that the charge will ultimately be dismissed resulting in no adjudication (juvenile conviction) on his juvenile record. This disposition also eliminated the potential mandatory lifetime sex offender registration requirement. This disposition ultimately protected the young man from the potential lifelong implications that the original charges posed which would have not only have adversely affected his adulthood, but would have followed him for the rest of his life.