Illinois uses both statewide and national sex offender registrations as
a deterrent to
sex crimes. Sex offender registry lists are also toted as ways to keep people safe
from potential future aggressions by allowing them to identify those convicted
of sex crimes in the past. The state also considers it a serious crime
to fail to meet as sex offender registry requirements as ordered by a
court. Complications and consequences can occur if the registrant does
not understand the legalese used to outline the court’s expectations.
Getting a basic explanation of how the sex offender registry in Illinois
works may prove useful.
What You Need to Know About the Illinois Sex Offender Registry
Convictions: Essentially any sex crime conviction will include mandatory sex offender
registry as part of its sentencing. From
sexual assault to
child pornography, the court is expected to require sex offender registry if the defendant
is convicted. People may even be required to register even if never convicted
but found to be “sexually dangerous” by other legal means,
such as a judges decree.
Duration: Courts in Illinois usually require a sex crime convict to register as
a sex offender for 10 years. Registration begins the day of conviction
for defendants not sent to prison, or the day of release from incarceration.
Anyone deemed a sexual predator for committing a violent, dangerous, or
malicious sexual act will be required to register for the rest of their lives.
Updates: Most sex offenders will need to update their information on the Illinois
sex offender registry once every 90 days. Registry updates are to be completed
at a local or city police department. If a registrant moves residences,
an update must be given within three days of the move; residing in one
place for three or more days is considered by the state as “a move”.
Fees: A $100 registry fee must be paid upon initial registration and once a
year by every registrant.
Prohibited locations: Sex offenders and sexual predators are banned from being within a public
park. Sex offenders may also not enter school grounds without first getting
explicit permission from a superintendent or school board member. It is
also unlawful for a sex offender to live within 500 feet of a school or
playground unless specifically noted in registry requirements.
Penalties: Failing to be compliant with any sex offender registry requirements –
such as paying fees, completing updates, staying out of prohibited locations,
etc. – is a criminal violation. Illinois considers most noncompliant
acts a misdemeanor but it could escalate to a felony under certain circumstances.
Such misdemeanors or felonies will undergo their own criminal justice
procedures and can conclude with further criminal penalties, including
Have you been accused of a sex crime and fear being placed on a sex offender
registry? Are you a registered sex offender being accused of failing to
comply with system requirements? In either situation, the Law Office of
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