If you have been charged with a sex offense, you may be forced to register with the statewide sex offender registry in the event that you are convicted of your crime. It is essential that you hire a hardworking Springfield criminal defense lawyer to help you combat your crime and possibly avoid sex offender registration. According to the Illinois Compiled Statutes, the Illinois State Police are required to maintain a statewide sex offender database that is accessible on the internet. This database identifies all people that have been convicted of certain sex offenses and crimes against children.
Defendants are required to register as sex offenders if they have been convicted for the commission of the offense or for the attempt to commit an offense. Individuals are also required to register as a sex offender if they are found not guilty by reason of insanity of either committing the offense or attempting to commit the offense. Also, individuals must register if their case does not result in an acquittal at a hearing for the offense.
The Illinois State Police Department says that that the database was created to facilitate access to publically available information about persons that have been convicted of serious sex offenses. The ISP updates the registry regularly but warns that the information does not depict registered offenders as currently dangerous.
If you have been charged with a sex offense, then you will want to discuss your case with a Springfield criminal defense attorney at Johnson Law Group promptly. An attorney at the firm may be able to develop a case to assist you and help you to avoid a conviction for a sex offense. If you are able to avoid conviction, you will also be able to avoid the sex offender registry. Contact Johnson Law Group today at (309) 565-8825 to get started!