Federal law requires every state to maintain a sex offender registry. This requirement was made into law in 1994 when an amendment to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, commonly known as the federal version of Megan’s Law, was passed. Each state has the autonomy to determine which conviction requires sex offenders to register as such and how long registered offenders must remain in the database. They may also set specific penalties for an individual who violates their registration requirements.
In Michigan, convicted sex offenders of certain sex crimes are required to register with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry under the Sex Offenders Registration Act. Failure of registering when required to do so is a felony.
At Michigan Defense Law, sex offender defense lawyer Paul J. Tafelski and his team of lawyers for violation of sex offender registration are here to help. Sex offender registration violation may seem simple but it can have lasting effects on a defendant’s life.
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When an individual is convicted of a sex crime or sexual offense, he or she must register with the state Sex Offender Registry and verify his or her sex offender information with local law enforcement as regularly as he or she is required to according to the registration tier. Information sex offenders must verify includes:
The penalties a person faces for failing to register as a sex offender become steeper as he or she accrues convictions of this type.
Additionally, unintentional failure to register as a sex offender is a criminal offense punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
Failure to register as a sex offender is not the only sex offender registration violation an individual can be charged with committing. Other violations include:
If you are on parole, a violation of your sex offender requirement is also considered a violation of your parole. This is why it is very important for sex offenders to ensure that they seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Having a skilled lawyer may be able to help a sex offender make sure that their registration is correct and that they would not be accused of violating it. A lawyer can also help them ensure that their requirements are followed thoroughly.
If you are accused of registration violations of your sex offender registration requirements, defend your case against the charges by working with an experienced sex crimes lawyer. We all make errors, and sometimes the violation is an error on the part of the registry, rather than the individual. No matter why you are facing a violation charge, you have the right to tell your side of the story and defend your case.
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