Sex crimes are considered some of the most severe criminal allegations
because they can pose incredibly harsh penalties that put one’s
freedom and future on the line. Aside from the potential for subjecting
convicted individuals to large fines and fees and lengthy terms of imprisonment,
sex crimes are also notorious for their long-term repercussions on a person’s
life, especially when it comes to sex offender registration. For many,
sex offender registration is often a reminder that sex offenses can result
in “lifetime sentences,” that although may not physically
imprison a person, can create extensive limitations on their privacy and
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. has been trusted by numerous clients
throughout Minnesota facing criminal investigations and charges, including
sex crimes. Whether a sex crime is prosecuted at the state level or as a
federal crime, they can often subject suspects to mandatory registration on a sex offender
registry. We know from first-hand experience that this is often the most
concerning aspect of a conviction for those who stand accused.
In Minnesota, individuals convicted of certain sex crimes will be required
to register with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as a predatory
offender. The Minnesota Predatory Offender Registration list typically
includes offenders convicted of the following state crimes or similar offenses:
Depending on the facts and circumstances involved in a case, offenders
may be required to register for different lengths of time. However, all
registrants are required to register for the duration of their probation
or a minimum of 10 years, whichever is greater. Some, particularly those
convicted of more serious offenses, are required to register for life.
Federal sex offender registration commonly imposes lifetime sex offender
registration, especially for federal child pornography charges.
Registration as a predatory offender subjects offenders to a number of
requirements. These include notifying law enforcement about any changes
to one’s place of residence, employment, school, or registered vehicle.
Other terms of probation may also apply, depending on the case.
Not only can registration create long-term contact with law enforcement,
it can also subject offenders to additional penalties if they do not comply
with terms and conditions. Non-compliance can result from:
- Failing to report changes regarding residence, employment, school, or vehicles.
- Failing to provide Verification Forms
- Failing to register when coming from another state to live, work, or attend
school in Minnesota
- Failing to register when coming from another state to visit Minnesota for
a period longer than 14 days
Failing to register or report changes can have considerable criminal consequences.
For example, failure to register as a sex offender can add five additional
years to one’s registration period, as well as a one year prison
sentence for first time convictions. Subsequent convictions for failing
to register can result in a minimum two year prison sentence. Minnesota
law also stipulates that any period of incarceration related to non-compliance
will restart the 10 year sex offender registration period upon release.
Aside from the requirements, restrictions, and exposure to additional criminal
penalties created by
sex offender registration, convictions and the term “predatory offender” pose considerable
repercussions to a person’s personal and professional reputation.
As a registered predatory offender, the public has increased access to
one’s criminal history and personal information, which can greatly
impact all facets of a person’s life, from personal relationships
to employment opportunities. This alone can create long-term burdens for
offenders who wish to get on with their lives.
Sex offender registration is a significant penalty associated with sex
crimes, but it is not the only one. When facing incarceration and long-term
consequences posed by a sex crime, it becomes critical that accused individuals
immediately speak with defense attorneys who have the experience and resources
to handle these high stakes cases. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm,
P.A., our award-winning Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers have a proven
record of success representing individuals charges with all types of sex
offenses, including the most serious state and federal crimes. Our team
is readily available to review your case and begin working on protecting
your rights and futures from the moment you call.
Contact us for a FREE and confidential case evaluation.