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What It Means to Be Registered as a Sex Offender in Illinois

 Posted on October 16, 2017 in Sexual Offenses

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.


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