A sex offender is an individual convicted of a sexual offense such as sexual abuse, rape, or sodomy. As part of the individual’s sentence, they may be required to register as a sex offender and be placed on the local sex offender list in whatever jurisdiction they reside.

What Is a Sex Offender List?

A sex offender list, or registry, is a list of names of sex offenders and other identifying information placed on an official record kept in each jurisdiction. The information includes a photo and the current address of the offender, as well as whether they completed jail time or probation.

Are Juveniles Required to Place Their Names on the List?

Most jurisdictions do require juveniles convicted of sexual assault crimes to register as a sex offender. Some jurisdictions only require those who are convicted of sex crimes as adults to register as a sex offender.

Why Must a Sex Offender Register?

A sex offender must place their name on the sex offender list is to allow the community to know there is an individual convicted of a sex crime in the area. The general public has access to the sex offender registry.

Is Registration Mandatory?

Yes, an individual must register or face additional trouble such as returning to prison. Also, they must keep their information such as address up-to-date within five working days of their birthday. If any information changes prior to their birthday, they have approximately 30 days to update the list. 

Can Someone’s Name Be Removed from the Sex Registry List?

It depends on the nature of the individual’s crime. If they were convicted of a non-violent sexual crime such as indecent exposure, there may be a chance that their name may be removed in time. However, for most violent, non-consensual sex crimes, it may be difficult to have a person’s name removed from the sex offender list.

Should I Contact an Attorney about the Sex Offender List?

If you are facing a sex crime charge or want to get your name removed from a sex offender registry, contact a criminal defense attorney. The attorney will explain the laws and determine what defense you can use. He or she will determine how to remove your name from the list.