If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime in Chicago and been ordered to register as a sex offender, you can get into serious trouble with the court if you fail to follow through—and you could end up back behind bars.
What Happens if You Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Chicago?
For some crimes, sex offender registration is a mandatory part of sentencing. If you’ve been ordered to register, you must keep your registration current in every jurisdiction where you live, work, or attend school. You generally have three business days to register after you move or change your name, and you have to register in person every time.
If you fail to register as a sex offender in the state of Illinois, you can be charged with a Class 3 felony—but that’s only if it’s your first offense. If it’s your second time failing to register, you can be charged with a Class 2 felony. You can also be sentenced to a week in jail and be fined a minimum of $500.
What Sex Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration?
People who are required to register as sex offenders in Chicago and the surrounding communities are typically told when they’re sentenced, which means if you’ve been convicted of a sex offense, the judge has already let you know whether to register.
People convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, or predatory criminal sexual assault in an Illinois courtroom are generally required to register as sex offenders.
Do You Need to Talk to a Chicago Sex Crime Lawyer About Failure to Register?
If you failed to register as a sex offender in Chicago, Rolling Meadows, or Skokie, we may be able to help explain your situation to the judge in your case.
Call us right away at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help.