When Is Someone Required to Register as a Sex Offender in Illinois?
Sex 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:
- The offender was found not guilty by reason of insanity;
- The offender was the subject of a finding not resulting in an acquittal;
- The offender was convicted or adjudicated for a violation of state or federal law if the offense was committed somewhere other than Illinois;
- If the offender was a juvenile, they were adjudicated delinquent for any of the qualifying offenses; or
- The offender was adjudicated as being sexually violent or sexually dangerous.
Are You Facing Possible Sex Offender Registration? Contact a Naperville Sex Crimes Defense Attorney
Being convicted of a sex crime can result in a great deal of difficulty for the rest of your life. Even being charged with a sex crime can make your life difficult in the short term, and it can permanently affect your reputation and personal relationships, even if you are not convicted. If you are facing a charge that could result in you having to register as a sex offender, you need immediate help from a knowledgeable St. Charles sex crimes defense lawyer. At Donahue & Sowa, we understand that sex crime charges need to be handled carefully and professionally. Call our office today at 630-505-5200 to schedule a free consultation.