Clayborne State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) passed a measure through the Illinois Senate that would allow the assets of those charged with a crime to be frozen if there is likelihood the defendant will dissolve their assets in order to avoid paying a fine as a result of the conviction.

The measure, SB 1402, arose out of a child molestation case where the family of the victim felt the convicted had assets that could pay for needed therapy.

“This is about making sure criminals who commit these terrible crimes are brought to justice,” Clayborne said. “If a person is convicted of a criminal offense they should not have the ability to avoid paying restitution by dissolving their assets.”

The legislation would freeze the assets of a person charged of such heinous crimes in order to ensure they would be accountable to pay the restitution.

Senate Bill 1402 passed the Senate with a vote of 57-0 and now goes to the Illinois House for consideration.


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