Sex cases are very different from other types of criminal charges.
Because of this, we feel that it is important that prospective clients know about these differences from the beginning
-- prior to choosing a lawyer. This information is intended to be a brief summary, and in order to fully understand
the ramifications of your being investigated or charged with a sex offense we strongly urge you to make an appointment for
a free consultation with our attorneys as early as possible in the process.
Lake County State's Attorney's office and all other northern Illinois prosecuting agencies treat these cases with special
care and devote extraordinary resources to the investigation and prosecution of these cases. In Lake County, that includes
a special investigating agency run by the State's Attorney's office, being the Lake County Children's Advocacy Center. Steve
McCollum was the supervisor in charge of charging cases and handling Grand Jury investigations in the Lake County State's
Attorney's office when the Advocacy Center was started and later as Chief Deputy State's Attorney he oversaw the Advocacy
Center's activities in investigations and the subsequent prosecution of these cases.
There are many types of sex cases with which adults or juveniles can be charged. They include the various forms
of Criminal Sexual Abuse and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault,
Child Pornography, and many other offenses. There is an extensive number of statutes devoted to these types of charges,
and statutes designed to make it easier to prosecute these charges in the Code of Criminal Procedure.
If you are charged with one of these offenses, your choice of attorney is the most critical decision
you can make in determining the rest of your life. This type of charge can often result in an extended
period of incarceration in prison, registration and exposure on the internet for life as a sex offender, exposure to repeated
harassment by the police and other persons, loss of the right to drive, and loss of the ability to maintain employment.
An attorney with experience with the court system, and especially experience with defending this particular type
of charge, is essential to protect you from these consequences. To be successful your attorney must have the knowledge
and expertise that only comes from years of prosecuting and defending these charges.
Steve McCollum, as the former Chief Deputy State's Attorney for Lake County, Illinois, and Daniel Hodgkinson as a
former trial prosecutor in the Lake County State's Attorney's office have had experience in prosecuting these cases.
That experience includes the knowledge of how and by whom these cases are investigated, reviewed and prosecuted. Steve
McCollum handled the highest level of these cases while a prosecutor. Steve McCollum and Dan Hodgkinson have defended
many, many more of these cases as defense attorneys. As this is being written McCollum Hodgkinson, PC has more than
25 pending sex cases in adult and juvenile courts in Lake County.
That kind of experience is what is necessary for you when you are charged with a sex case. Many attorneys
know how to defend a run-of-the-mill case. Few know how to defend a sex case.
Questions you might ask your prospective attorney include -- are they fully familiar with the sex
offender registration consequences of various sex charges and how a proposed disposition can affect those registration consequences? Are
they familiar with the related statutes that criminalize normally legal conduct of convicted child sex offenders? Do
they know what SORNA is and how that can affect your future?
remember -- coming in as early as possible to meet with us when you learn your are being investigated or after being charged
will make it more likely your case will have a successful outcome. Please call us at 847-662-2474 for a free initial consultation.