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Joliet criminal defense attorneyConviction of a sex offense can lead to serious consequences. It may also require you to register as a sex offender. Learn what it means to be registered as a sex offender in the state of Illinois, including how it may impact your career and personal life, with help from the following information. You shall also learn how an experienced criminal defense lawyer can mitigate against the potential consequences of a criminal sex offense charge.

Who Must Register as a Sex Offender?

Individuals who are convicted of a sex offense are referred to by the justice system as criminal sex offenders. Anyone who falls under this classification is required to register as an offender. Duration of registration typically lasts for 10 years, but there are situations that could warrant a longer registration period. Adjudicated juvenile offenders may not be required to register on the public website, but their information may still be distributed to local schools and daycares.

What Does It Mean to Register as a Sex Offender?

When required to register as a sex offender, an individual's personal details are displayed on a website for all to see. Their neighbors, community, potential employers, and landlord all know of their conviction – yet the information they know is limited. The crime, not the actual circumstances, are listed. Sadly, this means that most offenders are negatively viewed by their community; they are all lumped together, seen as dangerous and violent predators, and there is nothing that one can say or do to change that. Instead, they must live in social isolation, knowing that their community fears them and thinks the worst of them.

More Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

Social consequences are not the only ones that registered sex offenders face. They may also be barred from certain professions because of their conviction, or they may be denied professional licensing for their career. Blue collar workers and day laborers may also experience trouble finding employment, due to their record. Housing options may also be restricted.

Contact Our Joliet Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or someone you love is facing charges for a sex offense, do not delay! Contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. and obtain aggressive representation for your case. Dedicated and experienced, our Joliet criminal defense attorney can take swift and immediate steps to mitigate against any potential consequences you may be facing. Start by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Source:

http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/5-622.pdf

http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm

Illinois criminal defense attorneysWhile most people are aware that sex offenders must register, few really know what this means. They do not realize that it goes beyond simply having your name on a website that anyone can view. Several other restrictions are imposed. A sex offender cannot go within 500 feet of a school/daycare building or property, or near public parks. They must also report their internet activity and are banned from social media during parole, probation, and mandatory supervised releases.

Unconstitutional or a Necessary Evil?

Some might say such impositions are necessary to protect the public. Others believe the restrictions go too far and, in some cases, may be unconstitutional. For now, the law upholds all aspects of the sex offender laws as constitutional, including the mandatory reporting of all internet activity. Yet, as outlined in the following points, there are reasons to believe that both offenders and the public might benefit greatly from a more personalized criminal justice system.

The Truth About the Sex Offender Registry

Despite popular belief, you do not have to actually commit a sex offense to be forced to register as a sex offender. For example, one may be forced to register if they receive three counts of indecent exposure. One who is found guilty of luring a child to their car with sexual intent can also be forced to register. Yet, how do you truly prove intent? It is a slippery slope, to say the least.

It should also be noted that minors, who typically have a much lower recidivism rate than adults, can also be forced to register as sex offenders for things like date rape. At first thought, this might sound like an act worthy of criminal charges. Yet, when you consider two highly intoxicated teens who engaged in sexual acts, the lines begin to blur. Neither could legally give consent. Yet, if one presses charges on the other, the path of the “offending” party may be irrevocably altered.

Should All Offenders Be Treated Equally?

Sex offenders are viewed by society as deplorable human beings who prey on children and other vulnerable individuals. Yet, as previously evidenced, this is not always the case. So the implications for one who may not have committed a sexual act, or for one that has done so but not with intent, will receive the same treatment by the law as someone who has, in fact, committed the acts that most consider to be worthy of a sex offender status. They will also receive the same treatment from society, which is a response of fear and trepidation. Yet, in reality, this person may not be a threat at all. Could this be seen as an injustice, not just on the part of the offender, but also the community? Could it not be seen as fearmongering for little to no reason?

An individualized legal approach could protect those that have committed acts without intent as well as the community. Though, as clearly evidenced by the recent ruling from the Supreme Court, this approach is unlikely to ever be taken. As such, it is critical that anyone being charged with a sex crime contact experienced legal representation for their case.

Contact Our Joliet Criminal Defense Lawyers

At the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we recognize the fear and worry that defendants often experience when they are facing criminal charges for a sex crime. We give your case the respect and reverence it deserves. Our Joliet criminal defense lawyers will fight for your rights and pursue the most favorable outcome possible for your situation. Schedule your consultation with us by calling 815-666-1285 today.

Source:

http://herald-review.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/illinois-supreme-court-upholds-sex-offender-internet-law/article_7c640647-51d4-5c75-807b-7e989b9b2f8d.html

https://www.texasobserver.org/sex-offenders-law-change-molnar/

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