In the state of Kansas, mandatory sex offender registration became a penalty for convicted offenders on April 14, 1994. This law was enacted as a way to both punish convicted sex offenders and provide law enforcement with information regarding their whereabouts. Although not all related crimes warrant registration, there are a substantial number of offenses that do—including rape, criminal sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, sexual exploitation of a child, promoting prostitution, lewd and lascivious acts with an individual under the age of 18, indecent liberties with a child, etc. If convicted of any of these crimes, one would be required to register as a sex offender upon their release or parole from a correctional facility.
If the registered offender decides to relocate, they would have three days to notify the local authorities of their new address. How long a person will remain on this list is dependent on their subsequent behavior, as it is up to the court to determine whether or not an individual should continue to be classified as a "sexually violent predator." In most cases, one could expect to remain on this list for 15 to 25 years. If the individual is convicted of more than one offense, however, they will remain a registered sex offender for life. This means that they would need to report to the County Sheriff's office four times a year to verify their address for the rest of their life—as this is just one of the necessary regulations involved in sex offender registration.
Should a convicted sex offender fail to comply with the terms of their registration, they could be charged with a felony offense—which increases in severity for every subsequent violation. This could include any instance in which they have failed to register in the first place, failed to notify the proper authorities of a change in address and/or failed to check in with the County Sheriff's office as designated by law. Non-compliance is taken very seriously by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. In addition to the restricting regulations of sex offender registration, those who have been convicted can also be found in an online database by the general public. This means that their personal information would be on display for anyone who is interested in finding it.
Additionally, one will be asked to offer up much more invasive information upon their registration—including everything from their name, address and phone number to their social security number, blood type and fingerprints. Although much of this information would not be displayed in a publicly available database, law enforcement would have all of this information documented on file. For this reason, you should not hesitate to consult with a Kansas City criminal lawyer at Garretson & Toth, LLC if you have been charged with a sex crime that could potentially warrant registration. Not only could you be facing time behind bars, but the impact of being labeled a registered sex offender could follow you around for the rest of your life.
The smartest decision that you can make for yourself in this situation is to take action in the interest of your defense before it is too late, so do not hesitate to get started immediately. Contact our office at (913) 971-0296 or submit a free case evaluation form directly from our website for further information. From there, we can advise you on how to proceed with your case and begin taking steps to develop a viable defense strategy. Either way you choose to get in touch with our firm, however, we just ask that you do so quickly. There is no time to waste when your future is on the line.