As per the Michigan sex offender registry, once an individual is convicted which changes of sexual assault crime, the individual must register them with it. As the individual is registered into the registry, their status and information as sex offenders become accessible with the help of a public database. After the registration is done, the offender has to present themselves and report their specific information to the law enforcement. If by any means the convict fails to comply with the guidelines of the law enforcement, they may even be charged with felony offenses.
What Happens When An Individual Registers Themselves?
As the individual registers with the registry for the first time, they are required to report to the authorities at regular periods or as when they are asked to. This is done by the authorities to ensure that all the information provided by the offender is kept up-to-date by all means. While registering, they may also be asked to submit their personal information including the address of their residence, and several facts related to the convict. Even the slightest changes in the information need to be reported to the authorities.
What Are The Different Classifications Of The Conviction?
As the individuals are registered with law enforcement, all their information, including personal data becomes very easily accessible by the public. Through the state wide sex offender registration database, most of their information becomes available to the general mass through the online portals. But for the registration purpose, three different tiers decide how long the sex offender has to register them with the authority. They are discussed as follows:
- Tier 1: This tier requires the accused to register for 15 years on charges of possession of child pornography, unlawful restraint of a minor, or Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
- Tier 2: This one is for 25 years on grounds of the age of the accuser between 13 and 18, Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct or persuades or approaching a child for immoral reasons.
- Tier 3: This requires the accused to be registered for life when they have committed indecency to an accuser below 13 years of age along with First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
When Can One Plea To The Court?
To plea to get off the registry, only under the following circumstances the offender is eligible to petition the court:
- In case the convicted is an adult and is classified as a Tier 1 offender.
- If the accused was registered when they way below the age of 17 and were a Tier 3 offender.
- If the accused had consensual sex with the accuser.
- If the accused was below the age of 14 at the time of the offense.
- If the individual was registered to the Sex Offenders Registration Act before July 1, 2011.
If any of the circumstances hold for you, you should immediately get in touch with a defense attorney and make sure you get off the sex offender registry.