Beginning this week, Michigan State Police will conduct a two week sex offender sweep with the intended purpose of locating sex offenders who have failed to verify their addresses.
Pursuant to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) individuals convicted of crimes of a sexual nature are forced to register as a sex offender. The type of offense dictates for how long an individual must keep his or her name on the list.
Further, SORA requires individuals to keep this information current, including verifying addresses 4 times a year and updating addresses within ten days of moving. The reporting requirements are too complex for most individuals to understand, and to keep up-to-date on as time passes. Unfortunately though, the penalties are harsh for those who fail to meet all the specific reporting requirements and can result in additional fines and incarceration.
Often because of an oversight or innocent mistake, individuals fail to check-in. “Sweeps” like the one in progress occur to track down offenders and determine why someone has failed to register and often, impose additional penalties.
For more information regarding sex crimes registration requirements, contact Grabel & Associates, dedicated to protecting the rights and future of those charged with sex registry offenses.