Age of Consent Law in Illinois
If you're over 17 and engage in sexual activity with someone under the age of 17, you could face charges of statutory rape. It's important to note that this law applies regardless of whether the younger party consented to the sexual activity.
Illinois has a "Romeo and Juliet" law that allows individuals who are within five years of age to engage in sexual activity without facing charges of statutory rape. However, this law only applies if both parties are over the age of 14.
Potential Consequences of Statutory Rape in IL
Under Illinois law, if the minor involved is between the ages of 13 and 17, and the defendant is less than 5 years older than the minor, the offense is typically classified as a Class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors in Illinois are generally punishable by up to one year in jail and/or fines of up to $2,500.
However, if the defendant is more than 5 years older than the minor, the offense is typically classified as a Class 2 felony. Class 2 felonies in Illinois can carry a penalty of imprisonment for 3 to 7 years, along with potential fines of up to $25,000.
If the minor involved is under the age of 13, the offense is typically considered more serious. In such cases, the penalties can be more severe, ranging from a Class X felony to a Class 1 felony, depending on the circumstances. Class X felonies are the most serious category of crimes in Illinois and can carry penalties of up to 30 years or more in prison.
You Need Legal Representation
If you're facing charges related to statutory rape in Illinois, it's crucial to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your rights and options. An attorney can also help you build a strong defense and navigate the legal system.
At Johnson Law Group, we understand the complexities of Illinois' age of consent and statutory rape laws. Our legal team can provide the guidance and representation you need to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome.