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Many sex crimes require convicted offenders to register with the National Sex Offender Registry. This system allows law enforcement agencies to keep track of the residences and activities of offenders, and also makes their information to the public. As sex offender registration has become a topic of national attention for the media, public and law enforcement agencies, prosecutors can come down hard on those who fail to register.
Failing to register or to maintain registration requirements is a direct violation of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). As such, failures to register and other similar offenses can be prosecuted as federal crimes, which often pack more severe criminal penalties. Passed in 2006, the legislation provides a comprehensive list of minimum standards for sex offender registration. Under both state and federal registration requirements, convicted sex offenders in Illinois must comply with a number of laws, including regular reporting requirements and address verification, among others.
According to Illinois Law, a failure to register or a violation of any provision of the Sex Offender Registration Act can result in a Class 3 felony conviction. Subsequent violations are prosecuted as Class 2 felonies. Offenders also face fines and possible terms of imprisonment.
Whether you are facing legal proceedings for a failure to register in a state of federal court, our firm is capable of fighting on your behalf. Our experienced and highly regarded Chicago criminal defense attorneys can explore all of the facts surrounding your case and set immediately to crafting a solid defense strategy. With nationwide recognition from prominent media sources such as USA Today, CNN, Newsweek, and Dr. Drew, Okabe & Haushalter is the right choice for proven and aggressive legal representation. Contact us to schedule a case consultation.