Thank you for your interest in The Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg. Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch soon
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

*Indicates Required Fields




(773) 908-9811





(773) 908-9811



Aggressive. Experienced.

Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney
Former Cook County Felony Prosecutor

blog_homeBlog Home

Understanding the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

Sex offenses are serious crimes, and those accused of a sex crime can face severe penalties in Illinois. In addition to serving years in prison, sex offenders convicted of certain sex crimes and/or crimes against children must register as a sex offender.


The Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act was created to make public information easily available and accessible about anyone convicted of sex offenses. Offenders are required to register based only on their convictions and Illinois state law. Being on the registry does not mean that someone is dangerous. It only means that a person has been previously convicted of a sex crime.


What Offenses Require Registration?


There are a number of felony and misdemeanor sex offense convictions that require the offender to register. These convictions include but aren’t limited to:


  • Indecent solicitation of a child or adult
  • Sexual exploitation of a child
  • Exploitation of a child
  • Child pornography
  • Criminal sexual assault
  • Aggravated criminal sexual assault
  • Criminal sexual abuse
  • Aggravated criminal sexual abuse
  • Soliciting for a prostitute, if the victim is a minor
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Permitting sexual abuse of a child
  • Kidnapping, if the victim is a minor and the offense is sexually motivated


Just because your crime isn’t listed here, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to register. If you have been charged with or convicted of a sex crime, speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to find out if you need to register.


In some cases, a conviction isn’t necessary for the offender to have to register. If an offender isn’t convicted, they are still required to register if:


  • The offender is found not guilty by reason of insanity
  • The offender is the subject of a finding that is anything but an acquittal
  • The offender is a juvenile who is adjudicated delinquent for any offense that would require an adult to register
  • The offender is adjudicated as being sexually dangerous or sexually violent


The Basics of Registration


, Understanding the Illinois Sex Offender Registry

A sex offender must register in person with the law enforcement agency where they live. An offender must register once a year for a period of 10 years. There is an initial registration fee of $100 that has to be paid the first time an offender registers. After that, here is an annual $100 registration fee that has to be paid every time you re-register.


The registration period starts as soon as the offender is convicted if they are sentenced to probation. If an offender is sentenced to time in prison, they will have to register starting from their final parole, discharge, or release from prison.


Any changes in an offender’s registration must be made within 3 days to law enforcement. If an offender violates the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act, they will be required to register every 90 days as opposed to annually.


Offenders classified as sexually dangerous or sexually violent must register every 90 days for the rest of their life.


Offenders classified as a sexual predator must register annually for the rest of their life.


If an offender moves or changes his or her address, they have to let their current police department know as well as the police department where they are moving to within 3 days of moving there.


If a juvenile is convicted of a sex crime, they must also register as sex offenders.



Restrictions of Registration


, Understanding the Illinois Sex Offender RegistrySex offenders who are required to register have specific restrictions they must follow so that they’re not in violation of the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. These restrictions are especially strict if an offender was accused of a sex offense with a child.


  • A sex offender is not allowed to be at a school or within 500 feet of school property unless it’s for a scheduled school conference concerning their child’s education, progress, or other school issues.
  • A sexual predator or child sex offender is not allowed to be in a public park or a public park building.
  • A child sex offender isn’t allowed to go somewhere that is usually meant for minors.
  • Sex offenders are not allowed to use social media sites while on probation, parole, or during mandatory supervised release.
  • Sex offenders are not prohibited from living with children. However, if the child isn’t their own and is younger than 18, they must report it to the local police department within 3 days.


In Illinois, the sex offender registration laws can be complicated to navigate and to figure out the complex requirements. If you are facing charges for a sex crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record for sexual offense cases. A qualified sex offense attorney will provide you with top-notch legal assistance to help you avoid the stigma associated with a sex offense conviction.



About the Author:


Andrew M. Weisberg is a former felony prosecutor who now serves as a defense attorney in the greater Chicago area. He has extensive experience in handling all types of criminal cases, from sex offenses and domestic violence to retail theft-related crimes, Murder, and drug crimes.

Our Blog

What Are The Signs Of Sex Trafficking in IL?

Sex Crimes | Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is a crime taken very seriously in Illinois. Being accused of it can have a big impact on your life – and being convicted of it can shift the trajectory of your path forever.

For many people, sex trafficking is something that is only seen on television and in movies, but the truth is that it happens in plain sight every single day. If you know what to look for, you may be able to understand when sex


IL Drug Crimes: When Are They a Class X Felony?

Drug Crimes

There are federal laws against drugs, but these cases are handled at the state level most of the time. Due to this division, you can find varying laws between states when it comes to drugs – and some states are harsher than others.

Illinois has drug laws that run the gamut, from misdemeanor crimes to the most serious of felonies, known as Class X felonies. A Class X felony conviction can have a serious and lasting impact on your life,

Law Offices of Andrew Weisberg