If you have been charged with a sex offense, one of the penalties that a conviction might carry is registration as a sex offender for a period. This requirement could last years or for the rest of your life, depending on the nature of the offense. When most people think of a sex crime, they often think of rape or abuse of a minor, but there are other sex crime convictions that require sex offender registration in Indiana.
If you have been accused of such an offense, speak with an Indianapolis sex crimes attorney as soon as possible. At Hessler Law, PC, we fight for our client’s rights at every stage of the criminal justice process. In some cases, we may be able to keep charges from being filed, or negotiate for a reduction of your charges.
What You Need to Know About Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime, registration as a sex offender may be required as part of your sentence. You will not be required to register just because you have been accused of an offense. Registration is required only after a conviction is entered by a court during sentencing. After your name has been placed on the registry, that and your address will be placed on a list that is accessible to the public along with your assessed risk level.
If you move or change your contact registration, you will be required to update that information at a local law enforcement agency. If you move to Indiana and were required to register as a sex offender in another state, you will still be required to register with your new address.
Sex Offenses that Require Registration
If you are convicted of certain offenses, you will be required by law to register as a sex offender and notify law enforcement if you move to a new location, even if it is within the same city and state. Sex crime convictions that require sex offender registration in Indiana include:
- Criminal deviate conduct
- Child molestation or exploitation
- Vicarious sexual gratification
- Child solicitation or seduction
- Sexual misconduct with a minor
- Sexual battery
- Kidnapping or criminal confinement of a minor victim by a person who is not the child’s parent or guardian
- Promotion of prostitution or human trafficking
- Sexual or human trafficking
- Sexual contact by a service provider with a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Conspiracy to commit a sex offense
- Conduct that is a sex offense under the laws of another jurisdiction, including the military
A juvenile may also be required to register as a sex offender if they were at least 14-years-old at the time the offense was committed, if they’ve been released from confinement in a juvenile facility or other state institution, and is likely to repeat an act that would be considered a sex offense if committed by an adult.
A person who is considered a sexually violent predator must register as a sex offender for life. Other offenses require registration for a period of 10 years after conviction.
Consequences of Sex Offender Registration
If you are convicted of a sex offense, you will face a number of con. After your sentence has been served, your life may continue to be affected by the requirement to register as a sex offender. Such collateral consequences include:
- Difficulty finding housing
- Disqualification from some jobs
- Loss of your professional license
- Changes in child custody
- Restrictions on use of social media
- Public release of information of your name, address, and nature of your offense
Reach Out to an Indiana Sex Crimes Lawyer for Help
If you have questions about whether or not an offense may require registration as a sex offender, seek legal help. Once you have been ordered to register, it can be difficult to petition for termination of the requirement to register. If you are already ordered to register, make sure that you understand everything that you are expected to do. Failing to register as a sex offender can carry harsh penalties, even if you delay reporting a new address for only a few days.
If you have been accused of a sex offense, contact a criminal defense lawyer at Hessler Law, PC right away. We have a successful track record of defending individuals accused of many different types of sex offenses. We will work to minimize the consequences for your future, and fight for your rights at every stage of your case. Contact us online, or call (317) 886-8800 to schedule a free, initial case evaluation.