If you’re found guilty of a sex crime, you’ll most likely have to include your name on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry – but what is that, and what kind of information does it include?
What is the Illinois Sex Offender Registry?
The Illinois Sex Offender Registry is an online database that people can search, and it includes a lot of identifying information, including the offender’s:
- Date of birth
- Alias dates of birth
- Address (or correctional institution, if the person is incarcerated)
- Whether the person is a sexual predator
- Crime committed
- County of conviction
- Photos of the person convicted, including a photo history if one is available
What Crimes Involve Registration on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry?
You can be ordered to register as a sex offender if you commit certain crimes, including:
- Child pornography
- Criminal sexual assault (rape)
- Criminal sexual abuse
- Sexual misconduct with a person with a disability
- Kidnapping or child abduction when the offense was sexually motivated
If you are required to register, you’ll have to let the Illinois Department of Corrections know each time you change addresses for more than three days. Also, if you’re considered a sexual predator, you’re not allowed on school grounds, in public parks, or in facilities that offer programs or services exclusively directed to children. You’re also not allowed to use social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites) while you’re on probation, parole or mandatory supervised release.
What if You’re Accused of a Sex Crime That Requires Sex Offender Registration?
If you’re accused of a sex crime – any sex crime – you need to know that the consequences of a conviction are very serious. You may need to talk to a Chicago sex crime defense attorney immediately.
Call us at 847-920-4540 for a free case review. We’ll talk about the evidence the prosecution has against you, what the criminal court process is like, and what’s likely to happen in your case – and we may be able to help you get the best possible outcome.