People who face sex crime charges must undergo mandatory treatment to prevent future recurrences of their crimes. You’ll receive jail time to serve or fines to pay. The offense also goes on your record, which can impact your employment—not to mention your personal life.
We understand the serious nature behind allegations of sex crimes and can help you navigate the legal system. Continue reading to learn more about the crimes that require you to register as a sex offender in Minnesota and how CJB Law can help.
Crimes That Require Sex Offender Registration
In Minnesota, many crimes lead to sex offender charges, including any degree of criminal sexual conduct, indecent exposure, and sex crimes involving children.
There are four degrees of criminal sexual conduct that require sex offender registration in Minnesota. At CJB Law, we have experience with cases in all degrees of conduct and can handle your case, regardless of the circumstances.
The crimes involving children can vary, including charges such as:
- False imprisonment of a minor
- Possession of child pornography
- Solicitation of a minor
- Using a minor in sexual acts
Though charges like kidnapping and false imprisonment of a minor don’t necessarily involve a sexual component, Minnesota courts still require those found guilty to register as sex offenders.
How to Register as a Sex Offender in Minnesota
With the establishment of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) in 2006, federal standards take precedence over state-level requirements. When you register as a sex offender in Minnesota, your name will go on the official registry. You need to provide basic information to complete your registration.
The registry requires detailed information, including:
- Your home address
- A secondary address
- Addresses of any owned property
- Contact information of your employer
- Year, make, model, color, and license plate number of any cars you own or drive
After you complete the paperwork, you’ll also submit your fingerprints and a current photograph. All information goes into the database so residents can search your name or your residential area to see the list of registered sex offenders.
You need to submit new documentation if anything changes—your address, employment status, cars, or appearance. Failure to keep your record updated can lead to severe consequences.
Length of Sex Offender Registration in Minnesota
Convicted sex offenders stay in the database for at least ten years. The court will specify the length of registration in your conviction, as some crimes require lifetime registration.
You need to register immediately after the conviction. Violating this judgment adds five years to the length of your registration.
Your first violation also includes a year in prison. After you serve your time, the length of registration restarts. With that in mind, it’s best to stick to the court’s ruling and follow the guidelines to decrease the impact the conviction has on your life.
Special Considerations for Sex Offenders in Minnesota
Anyone convicted as a sex offender in another state must register in Minnesota after a move. In fact, the state requires anyone visiting for longer than two weeks to register as a sex offender in the Minnesota database.
In Minnesota, Failure to Register is an additional crime for sex offenders. You’ll face a longer prison sentence and years added to your length of registration. Each time you’re released from jail, the ten-year clock starts again, so a simple sentence could lead to lifetime registration if you don’t follow the court orders.
If you’re unsure about the need to register as a sex offender in Minnesota, contact CJB Law with your questions. It’s better to seek professional legal advice than fail to register and face even more severe consequences.
CJB Law Can Ease Your Legal Stress
When you’re convicted of a crime and have to register as a sex offender in Minnesota, your entire life changes. You’ll face employment discrimination and social exclusion. If your conviction includes jail time, you’ll struggle to integrate back into real life after you serve your time.
Navigating the legal system is difficult when you’re charged with a sex crime. Hiring the right lawyers means they can tell you about your right to remain silent before the police turn your words against you. Attorneys can also advise you when accepting a plea deal is your best bet compared to going to trial.
Contact CJB Law for help with your case. We can assist you through the sex offender registration process and ensure you don’t face further consequences in Minnesota courts.