Michigan sex crimes defense attorneys know that failing to register as a sex offender is serious business, and that those who violate the Sex Offenders Registration Act may face additional fines and time behind bars.
Recently, a 32-year-old Hillman man who had been released from prison after being incarcerated for approximately 10 years on a conviction for sexual assault was found to be in violation of the Sex Offenders Registration Act. Alpena troopers with the Michigan State Police learned that the suspect was living at a local campground, and may have been living there since May.
The owner of the campground was unaware that the man was a sex offender; according to news reports, the suspect was registered under another name. The man did not register his vehicle with authorities, which is required by law, and did not register his address as required by Michigan Sex Offender Registry. He has now been charged with Failure to Register Vehicle and Failure to Change Address.
Registered sex offenders face embarrassment, harassment from the public, and a social stigma that hangs over them through all aspects of their lives. As a sex offender, there will be restrictions on where you may live; it will likely be difficult to secure employment. The law wants to make certain that everyone in the community knows who you are, and where you live; you will be viewed by most as a danger to the community.
While not every sex offense conviction leads to being required to register as a sex offender, most do. If you are convicted on charges of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, criminal sexual conduct, rape, pandering or various other charges, you will be required to register.
In most cases those convicted must register as a sex offender for 25 years, some for life depending upon the seriousness of the offense you have been convicted of. Regardless of your situation, a seasoned Michigan criminal defense lawyer will work vigorously to keep your name off of the Public Sex Offender Registry, or to have it removed if you are already registered. Don’t put your reputation, career and future in jeopardy, consult with a capable attorney.