Sex Offender Registration in Michigan
The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) requires that those convicted of most sex offenses register as a sex offender. Even those charged with a sex crime, who are convicted of a lesser crime, can face sex offender registration at the judge’s discretion, depending on the circumstances of the case. This penalty is issued on top of fines and incarceration, and the impact is life-changing and often more damaging to people than other penalties.
The Law Firm of Frank Stanley, PC, brings more than 30 years of criminal defense experience to sex crime cases involving the possibility of sex offender registration. The firm has handled this unique issue for clients in Michigan and nationwide.
The Impact of Sex Offender Registration on Your Future
Sex offender registration lasts a minimum of 25 years. This is true even for juveniles, although their registration remains private until they turn 18. In the most severe cases, sex offender registration can be required for life. Registration is required four times a year, and failure to register is a separate felony charge that can serve to make matters even worse.
Registered sex offenders find that it is nearly impossible to find jobs at all, let alone jobs that pay well in a chosen profession. Housing also becomes an issue, as there are restrictions about where a registered sex offender can live in relation to schools and parks, which are everywhere. Even those who do find a place are often chased out of the community.
Some criminal offenses and arrests can be expunged from a person’s record. This is not true for registered sex offenders. Their sex offenses cannot be expunged.
A lawyer must understand the impact of sex offender registration. It must be fought aggressively. Attorney Frank Stanley and his legal team have the experience to fight it.