On Tuesday, Governor Snyder signed new sex crime registry legislation reforming some significant aspects of Michigan’s sex crimes registry law. This legislation is the first step in improving the often unjust and faulty public sex offender registry and to bring it into compliance with federal guidelines set forth in the federal Adam Walsh Act. The changes will be effective as of July 1, 2011.
The Holland Sentinel sets forth some critical facts to know about the new legislation.
First, the new sex registry law will divide those convicted of a sex offense into different tiers. The first tier would apply to lesser offenses such as indecent exposure and won’t be listed. Second tier offenses would include convictions such as date rape and the majority of child pornography offenses, requiring listing for 25 years. Third tier offenses include the most predatory offenses and require life-long listing.
Additionally, “Romeo and Juliet” offenses will no longer be listed. This means that teenagers having consensual sex with a partner aged 13-16 won’t be listed, unless the offender is more than 4 years older than the alleged victim. Those youthful offenders currently on the list will be able to petition for removal.
Further, for those required to register, they will be required to provide more information with the intended result to make it easier to track offenders.
If your name is currently on the sex offender registry and you would like to know how this legislation may impact you, please contact Grabel & Associates, P.C., a Michigan sex crimes defense firm dedicated to protecting your rights and your future.