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 future opportunities.
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. has been trusted by numerous clients throughout Minnesota facing criminal investigations and charges, including those involving 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:
- Child pornography
- Use of a minor in a sexual performance
- Solicitation of a minor, including online solicitation
- Kidnapping and false imprisonment
- Criminal sexual conduct
- Felony indecent exposure
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.
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