Sex Crimes

Peoria Sex Crime Lawyer

Defending Against Peoria Sex Crime Charges

If you have been accused of committing a sexual criminal offense or currently under investigation, you may be feeling overwhelmed with frustration, anxiety and concern as to what will happen next. After all, sex crime allegations are often far more difficult to defend against than they are to make, and your social and professional reputation may be suffering serious damage as a result of being accused, regardless of the fact that you are legally presumed innocent until proven guilty. Fortunately, there are ways to fight against sex crime charges.

The strategy for your case depends on the circumstances of the alleged crime. If, for example, you have been accused of committing rape and you do not have a preexisting relationship with the alleged victim, it may be possible to clear your name by arguing that you have been mistakenly identified as the perpetrator. If, on the other hand, you and the alleged victim know each other, the best approach may be to argue that you are being targeted with false accusations that are being made to punish you for some transgression, to gain the upper hand in a divorce, or for other reasons.

In the event that you are being prosecuted for a crime involving child pornography, your Peoria sex crime attorney may be able to have the charges dismissed by demonstrating that your constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure was violated by a police search without a warrant or that you were unaware of the material on your computer because someone else had used it. A skilled attorney from our firm can evaluate the evidence against you and provide effective representation to help defend you.

Sex Offender Registration in Illinois

Under state law, individuals who are convicted of certain sex crimes are required to annually register as sex offenders. Depending on the type of crime and circumstances of the case, registration requirements can continue for a period ranging from 10 years to life.

The list of registerable offenses includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual exploitation of a child
  • Child pornography
  • Criminal sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual abuse
  • Child prostitution
  • Predatory criminal sexual assault

The sex offender registry is a publicly accessible online sex offender database that includes profiles featuring each convicted person's annual mug shot, detailed physical description, information about the crime including age and the age of the victim, and the convicted person's home address. If included in the registry, your neighbors, employer and anyone else who wants to could learn about your history by looking up your name or finding you on a map of the community in the database. Furthermore, the local sheriff's office would be required to notify any day care centers and schools in the community of your presence and status as a sex offender. Don't let this happen to you! Hire a proven Peoria criminal defense lawyer to fight to defend your future. To discuss your case and learn what strategy we recommend for you, contact our office for a free case evaluation with Johnson Law Group.