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St. Charles sex offenses defense attorneySex crimes are some of the most serious offenses a person can be charged with. Because of their violent and harmful nature, sex crime allegations are taken very seriously, and they also come with significant consequences if they result in a conviction. In Illinois, those convicted of certain offenses will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. In these cases, a person’s information will be uploaded to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry website, and the offender’s name, where they live, their photo, and whether or not they are compliant with registration requirements will become publicly accessible.

Offenses Which Require Sex Offender Registration

For certain offenses, whether they are misdemeanor or felony charges, a person convicted of these charges will be required to register as a sex offender. These charges include, but are not limited to:

  • Indecent solicitation of a child
  • Sexual exploitation of a child
  • Patronizing a juvenile prostitute
  • Juvenile pimping
  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child
  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse
  • Forcible detention
  • Indecent solicitation of an adult
  • Pandering, patronizing, or pimping, if the victim is under 18
  • Public indecency
  • Permitting sexual abuse of a child
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Unlawful restraint

In order for a person to be required to register as a sex offender, they must also meet one of a few other criteria. These include:

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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

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sexual abuse charge, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Naperville criminal defense lawyer, sex crimes, sex crime chargeTeenagers lie about their ages. This is especially prevalent on the Internet and in settings like clubs where they mingle with young adults or attempt to buy alcohol. When an adolescent lies about his or her age, an adult could become interested in pursuing a sexual relationship with him or her. This, however, is a sex crime.

In Illinois, the age of consent is 17 years old. This means that children under the age of 17 cannot legally engage in sexual activity with adults or with other minors because they cannot consent to sex.

Finding out a date’s actual age can be a shocking moment for an adult. If you find yourself in this position, stop all contact with the minor and contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately to determine how to proceed with the case.

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Sex Offender CasesPeople convicted of a sex offense in Illinois often have restrictions placed on them even after they have finished prison time. As a registered sex offenders:

  • They must register with local law enforcement anytime they move.
  • They cannot reside or loiter within 500 feet of a school if convicted of a sexual offense with a child.
  • They must appear in an online database of offenders so residents are aware of them.

The restrictions placed on sex offenders create situations when law enforcement officials must determine whether the offender violated the law. The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled on two such cases.

People v. Howard

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Statutory-Rape-Laws.jpgConsensual sexual activity with a child under the age of consent, which is generally age 17 in Illinois, has criminal consequences under the state’s statutory rape laws. If the sexual contact is made without consent, the crime is of course much more serious. Consensual sexual conduct is a crime because children are legally incapable of consenting to sexual activity, as they are generally not yet mature enough to fully understand what they are doing. Generally, under Illinois, the greater the age gap, the more severe the penalty.

Statutory Rape

Several laws in Illinois deal with statutory rape offenses. The offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse covers several types of criminal conduct. A person can commit this offense by committing an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct when the victim is at least 13 but under 17, and the perpetrator is at least five years older. Additionally, a person commits this crime when he or she commits an act of sexual conduct, and:

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