Protecting Your Interests in Sex Offense 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.
At Schierer & Ritchie, LLC, we work hard to defend our clients’ positions. We have extensive experience with sex crimes of all varieties, including:
- Possession of child pornography
- Statutory rape
- Solicitation of prostitution
- Child molestation
- Indecent solicitation of a child
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual battery
- Indecent exposure
- Sex offender registration violations
Call our firm at (309) 839-2024 for a free, confidential consultation regarding sex crime charges.
Sex Offender Registration in Illinois
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 record 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, 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 limited in many ways.
Get Experienced Legal Counsel
The Peoria sex crime lawyers at Schierer & Ritchie, LLC have more than 30 years of combined experience defending the rights of people who have been accused of a crime. Together, we can develop a defense strategy designed to place you in the best possible position to achieve a favorable outcome.