In Illinois, people are arrested every year for crimes they did not even know they were committing. The problem is, there are many forms of offense that are judged not be the intention of the perpetrator but by the reaction of the victim. For example, you do not need to physically hurt someone to be charged with assault. It is enough for them to feel threatened by you to the extent that they think you might hurt them.
It can be a similar matter with sexual offenses. You may not realize that the person you have approached feels uncomfortable with your words or actions. However, if you continue to behave in a manner that makes them feel threatened or harassed, they may be able to take legal action against you. As such, it is vital to be aware of the reactions of anyone you approach with sexual intentions. It may not be immediately obvious that they are feeling distressed, but if you are at all unsure, it is better to stop until their feelings are clear. If you continue, they may be within their rights to press charges.
As this article on sex-related offenses explains, this can even extend to your marital relationship. For example, being married does not give someone the right to carry out sexual acts against their spouse’s consent. It is also important to note that sexual activity that occurs when your partner is incapacitated or unable to give consent can also result in criminal charges.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, you may already be aware of the potential implications for your future. Even if you are not found guilty, such charges can be damaging to your reputation. If convicted, you face a permanent mark on your record and may also be required to sign the sex offender register.
Whatever the case, you need to act quickly to build your defense and protect your future. An attorney can advise you about your options and explain the implications of the accusations you face. He or she may also be able to support you during your trial and help you work toward a fair and favorable verdict.