Lake County, Illinois Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Mundelein, Glenview and Round Lake Beach
Nothing is quite so frightening and humbling as being charged with a sexual offense, as the penalties for these crimes are extremely harsh, carrying a serious social stigma as well. Unlike most crimes where you are considered innocent until proven guilty, charges of a sexual nature can cause strangers—as well as co-workers, friends and family members—to judge you guilty before you ever step into a courtroom. In fact, in many cases, those charged with a sexual offense may find that their attorney is literally the only person firmly on their side.
When the stakes are this high, a call to Attorney Matthew R. Gebhardt is in in order. He is an aggressive, hard-hitting criminal defense attorney who understands what is at stake. Attorney Gebhardt knows that should you be convicted of a sexual offense, not only will you face severe penalties—such as prison and steep fines—you will be required to be listed on the Illinois sexual offender registry for the remainder of your life. Matthew R. Gebhardt will treat you with the respect you deserve, will investigate your case thoroughly and will never plea bargain unless it is in your best interests and you agree to the plea. As a skilled negotiator and a zealous, experienced litigator, Attorney Gebhardt will work hard on your behalf to protect your future.
Types of Sexual Offenses Handled
The Law Offices of Matthew R. Gebhardt, P.C. can skillfully assist you any of the following sexual crime defenses and processes:
- Counselor and Coach Allegations
- Criminal Sexual Abuse/Assault
- Illinois Sex Offender Registration
- Indecent Liberties with a Child
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Public Indecency
False Accusations in Sexual Offense Charges
Unfortunately, false accusations are relatively common in sexual offense crimes, yet are extremely difficult to defend. There are seldom witnesses to sex crimes, therefore the state prosecutor tends to make decisions based on a subjective determination of the credibility of the accuser. False allegations of sexual misconduct occur more often than you might think, particularly during divorce and child custody cases, when one partner believes they can get the upper hand by making such allegations. In some cases, completely innocent people have found their lives destroyed by a person seeking revenge, making it all the more imperative that you have a knowledgeable Skokie attorney by your side from the moment you are charged.
Potential Defenses Available to Those Charged with a Sexual Offense
There are several defense strategies your attorney may use on your behalf, depending on your charges and the circumstances surrounding those charges. The most basic defense is innocence; your attorney may argue you could not have committed the crime because you were somewhere else, or that the accuser misidentified you as the guilty party. Under certain circumstances you may admit to the behavior in question, but argue that the alleged victim consented to the act. Finally, your attorney may be able to argue mental disease or defect at the time of the crime, removing the criminal liability from your actions.
How Your Attorney Can Help You with Your Sexual Offense Charges
Matthew R. Gebhardt has a clear understanding of the consequences of your being convicted of a sexual offense. He understands that not only will you suffer long-term repercussions, but that your family will as well. Our Lake County criminal defense attorney will ensure the prosecution is made aware of evidence which works in your favor and in cases of false allegations, Attorney Gebhardt will gather evidence which shows a clear motive for untruthfulness by your accuser.
Due to the mandate for sexual registration, there really are few acceptable plea bargains for sexual offense charges. With over 15 years’ experience, Matthew R. Gebhardt has your best interests at heart and will use every resource available to help you avoid a conviction. Contact our law firm at 773-898-8745 or 847-239-4703.