How are Sex Offenders Registered?
According to the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC), all convicted sex offenders must register with the sex offender registry after sentencing. If a convicted sex offender is being released from jail or prison, they must register before they are released from incarceration. Sex offenders who are not incarcerated must register within three business days from the time that they are sentenced in court.
Also, sex offenders are required to register in the jurisdiction where they were sentenced as well as the jurisdiction where they live if the two are in different locations.
Requirements of Sex Offender Registration
Convicted sex offenders who are placed on registration are required to perform certain actions to comply with sentencing guidelines. In general, these actions are done to make sure all of the information on a particular offender’s file is kept current.
For example, if a sex offender changes his or her name, address, place of employment or student status, that offender must appear in court in the jurisdiction where they currently reside to notify the court of the changes. Also, all other jurisdictions where they are currently registered must be notified of the changes.
How Long Must They be Registered?
According to the Department of Justice, Tier I sex offenders must face a minimum sentence of 15 years of registration, Tier II offenders get 25 years minimum and Tier III offenders face lifetime registration.
In some cases, certain offenders may be eligible for early release from sex offender registration if their initial crime was less serious and if they maintain a perfectly clean criminal record for a certain amount of time, usually 10 years.
Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
The Justice Department imposes a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for failure to register, failure to update or failure to notify.
To learn more about sex offender registration, schedule a meeting with Brett Podolsky by dialing 713-227-0087.