Protecting Your Interests In Sex Crime Cases

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Peoria or elsewhere in Central Illinois, it can seem like the deck is stacked against you. More than perhaps any other crime, people tend to jump to conclusions when they hear of an alleged sex crime. Often, those accused are judged guilty in the hearts and minds of the public before the trial even begins.

In this climate of disapproval and distrust, it is the role of the criminal defense attorney to protect the interests of the accused and ensure that he or she receives a fair trial.

Ready To Defend All Cases

At Schierer & Ritchie, LLC, we advocate zealously to defend our clients' positions. We have extensive experience with sex crimes of all varieties, including:

  • Sexual assault
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Rape
  • Prostitution

Working To Keep Our Clients Off The Sex Offender Registry

In addition to jail time, fines, probation and other penalties, a conviction for a sex crime generally includes registration on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. This is a publicly available document that includes the photo and address of Illinois residents who have been convicted of a sex crime. It also lists the crime for which they were placed on the registry.

If you are registered, then your punishment continues even after you have been declared a free person. Registration often lasts years or decades, even a lifetime; during this period, your privacy and your personal rights will be sharply limited in many ways. Many who are facing sex offense charges, then, seek ways to avoid ending up on the registry.

Get Experienced Legal Counsel

The Peoria sex crime lawyers at Schierer & Ritchie, LLC, have more than 20 years of combined experience defending the rights of people who have been accused of a crime. To schedule a free consultation with our law firm, contact us online, or call 309-270-1742 or 800-610-9425. Together, we can develop a defense strategy designed to place you in the best possible position to achieve a favorable outcome.