The Personal Information You Must Share When You Register as a Sex Offender

sex offender registry, sex crimes, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, registered sex offenders, sex offensesIn Illinois, every individual convicted of a sex crime is required to register with the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. Individuals who are adjudicated as sexually dangerous and individuals who are charged with sex crimes but found not guilty for reason of insanity are also required to register as sex offenders.

The sex offender registry exists to provide information to others in sex offenders’ communities that can help them make decisions about where to buy and rent homes and about whether or not to develop relationships with the convicted sex offenders. Sex offenders are required to register for 10 years after their convictions and renew their registrations annually.

All the Information you are Required to Provide

If you are required to register as a sex offender, you must provide certain information to the police chief of your municipality. You must provide this information in person. Be prepared to provide the following:

  • A recent photograph of yourself;
  • Your current address;
  • Your current work address;
  • All the phone numbers you currently use, including your employer’s phone number;
  • All of your online usernames and email addresses;
  • The names of all the schools you have attended;
  • All URLs you own and the URLs of any websites to which you have uploaded or posted content;
  • The license plate number for every vehicle registered to you;
  • A copy of your parole or release paperwork signed by you and by your supervising officer;
  • Documentation of any extensions to your required sex offender registration period and the reasons for the extensions;
  • Documentation of any distinguishing marks on your body; and
  • All pertinent information about your conviction, such as the county were the offense occurred, your age at the time it occurred, and the age of the victim at the time.

Additionally, you must provide a sample of your DNA with the police agency with which you file your initial registration.

Which Information is Available to the Public?

Anybody can look at Illinois’ sex offender map to see the names and addresses of registered sex offenders in their communities and elsewhere in the state. On this map, a viewer can see the following information about each registered offender:

  • His or her name;
  • The offender’s height, weight, gender, and race;
  • The offender’s date of birth;
  • A photo of the offender;
  • The offender’s convictions; and
  • The ages of the offender and victim at the time of each conviction.

Work with an Experienced Naperville Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing a sex crime charge, work with an experienced Naperville criminal defense lawyer to develop an effective legal defense strategy that will ideally result in your charge being lowered or dismissed. Having to register as a sex offender can change your life in a negative way, so be proactive and contact our team at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today to set up your initial legal consultation with us and start working on your defense.