A press release from Genesee County reports that the Michigan State Police have begun a statewide sex offender sweep to ensure those people who are required to place their names on the sex offender registry are in compliance with the law. Beginning next Monday, police will conduct searches for offenders who have failed to verify required information such as their current address.
According to sex registry laws, individuals are required to report a “change of name, address, employment, campus enrollment, internet identifiers and vehicle information within three business days of any change.” Police reports indicate that about 2,500 people were allegedly in violation of these requirements as of September.
Certain violations of the sex offender registry act constitute a four-year-felony. If you are arrested of have been charged with a violation of the sex registry requirements, obtaining the help of a committed Michigan sex crimes defense attorney is crucial to protect your rights and your future.
Complying with the requirements of the Michigan sex crimes registry act may be confusing and, for many it means keeping up with changes in the law and following its requirements for several years. In fact, several changes went into effect this past spring, requiring sex offenders provide even more information about their identity than before. This includes items such as social security numbers, passport information, vehicle information and employer information. These requirements even extend to non-residents such as students and visitors.
An experienced Michigan sex crimes defense law firm can advise you of the requirements of the sex offender registry, defend you if you have been charged with violating one of its terms, and fight to keep your name off the registry in the first place. Current law divides adult sex offenders into three levels or “tiers,” with sex offenders convicted for lesser sex crimes, such as indecent exposure, no longer required to register their name. Second tier offenders convicted for crimes such as child pornography and date rape have to register on the public sex offender registry for 25 years. The third tier is reserved for the most serious offenders, and those individuals will have to register for life.
In the event a conviction for a sex crime is unavoidable, an aggressive sex crimes defense attorney can fight to keep your name off of the higher tiers. For more information about sex crimes registration requirements or if you have been charged with a Michigan sex crime, please contact the dedicated Michigan sex crimes defense attorneys at Grabel & Associates for an immediate consultation.