Kramer A registered sex offender is any person, male or female, convicted of a crime involving a sexual act after which local, state or federal laws mandate they be placed on the Sexual Offender Registry after serving their sentence or have been released on parole. It does not mean that every registered sex offender is a violent criminal. Acts for which people get placed on the registry can be misdemeanors. The definition of a sex crime differs in different jurisdictions. What it does mean is that the crime for which a person has been placed on the list can be made public.
Often this information is available to the public on free websites, but it may be published in a newspaper or other public document as well. Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Act, which set standards for how law enforcement classifies sexual offenses. This law follows two other laws written to identify sexual offenders to law enforcement and the public: Since this act was passed, every state must now have laws which are at least as stringent as these.
Some states are more stringent. According to federal law, a sexual act is defined as an act that involves sexual penetration between the perpetrator and the victim and sexual contact involves touching in a sexual nature.
Tier I offenses include but are not limited to: Indecent Exposure Possession of child pornography which could include teen sexting Sexual contact without consent Tier II offenses can include: A new sexual offense done by an already Tier I offender Sex trafficking of minors Transportation of minors for the purpose of sexual activity Intimidating to elicit sexual activity Bribing to elicit sexual activity Any sexual act with a minor ages Any sexual contact with a minor Any sexual offense done in a position of authority over the victim parent, guardian, babysitter Prostitution of minors Production or distribution of pornography that includes minors Any plans to commit or attempt to commit any of the above Tier III Offenses include: Any new offense by a tier II perpetrator Sexual assault Sexual acts forced on a victim using force or where the victim was under duress Sexual acts forced on a victim while unconscious through use of drugs or alcohol Sexual acts with a minor under age 12 Sexual acts with a person incapable of consenting due to mental impairment or disability Sexual acts where the victim is unable to physically decline Sexual acts where the victim communicates unwillingness Any plans to commit or attempt to commit any of the above What Will Happen If You Are Registered Sex Offender?
Different areas of the country are different. In Michigan, law enforcement has a complete list of registered sex offenders as well as the names of convicted non-compliant sex offenders. Anyone may access this list and search. Pictures of registered sex offenders must be included in the registry as well. There are no other restrictions that come with registration on the list.
A judge may prohibit offenders from being around children, for instance, if they were convicted of a crime involving minors.
Of course, the social stigma of such a registry and the hardship of finding a job afterward could be seen as their own punishment. If you are facing charges of a sexual nature, it is imperative that you have an experienced defense attorney. Please call The David J.