What to Expect When You Are a Registered Sex Offender
In Illinois, all sex crime convictions require the defendant to register with the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. Additionally, certain individuals who are found not guilty by reason of insanity and those adjudicated as sexually dangerous or sexually violent are required to register. Under the Sex Offender Registration Act, it is a crime for an individual who is required to register as a sex offender to fail to do so.
When you are required to register as a sex offender, you are required to share personal information with the police chief of the municipality where you live on a regular basis. Additionally, you are prohibited from going to certain places and engaging in certain activities.
Verifying your Personal Information Regularly
When you are required to register as a sex offender, you must renew your registration every year for the next 10 years. In addition to your yearly renewal, you must renew your registration within three days of any change of residence.
If you do not comply with your required annual renewal, you may be required to renew your registration every three months for the remainder of the 10-year period or even have your 10-year period extended for another 10 years. Individuals who are adjudicated as sexual predators or otherwise sexually dangerous must renew their registrations every 90 days.
Limits on Where You Can Live
In Illinois, registered sex offenders may not physically be within 500 feet of a school, public park, daycare center, or school-owned property. This can severely limit where you can rent or purchase a home. It can also impact where you are permitted to work and the route you may take to your job and to perform other errands.
No Social Media Use
Illinois law prohibits registered sex offenders from using social media while they are under any type of court supervision, such as probation or parole.
Your Image and Residence are Public Information
As a registered sex offender, you cannot live a completely private life. When you register your information with the chief of police, you must provide your current address, telephone number, and photograph as well as many other pieces of information, such as the addresses of any blogs to which you regularly contribute.
Certain pieces of the information you share, such as your current address and photo, become public information on the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Map. Anybody can log onto the Internet and view the map to see registered sex offenders in their communities and throughout Illinois.
Work with an Experienced Geneva Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you are facing the type of charge that would require you to register as a sex offender if you are convicted, start working with an experienced Naperville criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to develop an effective legal defense strategy for your case. To get started with our team, contact Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.