Charges: 3 Counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X Felony, 6-60 Years IDOC, Consecutive Sentencing, Lifetime Sex Offender Registration Requirement); 6 Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 Felony, 3-7 Years IDOC, Lifetime Sex Offender Registration Requirement); Potential Sentence: 18 Years-180 Years IDOC; WCD Result: ALL SEX CHARGES DISMISSED, SENTENCE OF TIME SERVED ON AMENDED NON-SEX CHARGE OF UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT, NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION

Our client was charged with the offenses of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (In layman’s terms, child molestation) and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse. Our client was accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s young daughter over a period of 6 years in Chicago.

Realizing the severity of the charges against him, the client retained the Wigell Criminal Defense Team to represent him. During the course of this case, it was discovered that the same complaining witness made allegations that the client committed similar sexual acts upon her during a vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada. The client was taken into custody based on a warrant for charges filed in Nevada based on the complaining witness’s allegations.

As the case continued, a series of pretrial motions were litigated. The attorneys at Wigell Criminal Defense continued to fight the case with no intention of giving up. The State made a series of offers which in turn were rejected by the client and the attorneys of Wigell Criminal Defense. WCD argued for a disposition to a non-sex charge in exchange for time served. This was rejected by the State.

As the fight continued, the State’s case weakened and the defense position strengthened. WCD’s efforts significantly weakened and cast doubt upon the complaining witness’s credibility. As the WCD team continued their fight and the State recognizing these weaknesses, the State acquiesced and made an offer that was not only extraordinary under the circumstances, but unheard of. Consistent with Wigell Criminal Defense’s previous suggested disposition, the State agreed to dismiss all sex charges. The client pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful restraint with a sentence of time considered served.

Client was grateful for the hard work and zealous representation that achieved this extraordinary result. The resolution of this case brings the client one step closer to being reunited with his family.

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