Representing Clients During Difficult Legal Situations

If you have been accused of sexual assault, you may be confused and rightfully concerned. The circumstances surrounding the encounter with your accuser may be hazy, especially if you had been drinking or using drugs. If the person accusing you of sexual assault was also drinking, the question is likely whether you had consent.

Richard F. Blass & Associates, LLC, has seen countless cases involving allegations of sexual assault, both as prosecutors and defense attorneys. We know that prosecutors aggressively seek convictions, and your best advantage is to have a strong, confident defense strategy.

Consent Laws In Illinois

Intercourse or sexual relations with someone who is not a willing partner is a crime that carries serious consequences. That willingness is expressed through consent, and a person may withdraw consent at any time during a sexual encounter. The law also states that just because your date did not resist or tell you to stop, it doesn't mean you had consent. This may be the case if your date was intoxicated or impaired to the point of being unable to communicate with you.

Consent is the key in defending against accusations of sexual assault. It is a challenge to prove when it is your word against your accuser's. Your defense against these accusations is critical. The consequences for a sexual assault conviction will likely follow you for the rest of your life. In addition to the possibility of many years in prison, you may have to register as a sex offender, which will hinder your ability to find work and deny you many opportunities for a normal quality of life.

Reach Out To Us

Our lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights, which may be jeopardized by the fierce prosecution you can expect to face. With years of experience, we will evaluate your circumstances and review the evidence against you to formulate an appropriate response to the sexual assault charges or allegations of lack of consent. We know what to expect from police and prosecutors, and we are prepared to fight for you.

Allow us to assist you at this critical time by calling our Elmhurst offices at 630-782-2000. You can also contact us online to schedule a free consultation.