As some of the most critically viewed criminal offenses, cases involving sex crimes consist of numerous difficulties. Of these, one of the most detrimental problems associated with sex crime allegations is that many of the individuals who stand accused fall victim to strong public opinion and subjective bias.
As a result, their right to due process and a fair trial are often compromised. At Garretson & Toth, LLC our Olathe sex crime attorneys have 57 years of combined experience and have handled enough sex crime cases to learn that the presentation of truth and innocence is often more problematic with such stigmatized offenses. Anyone accused of a sex crime needs strong and passionate lawyers who commit to protecting their rights and freedoms.
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Sex Crimes at one time held a narrow definition and distasteful opinion. Today, however, sex crime allegations can encompass a variety of charges, many of which are complicated by situations in which victims and defendants have had some type of personal relationship.
Does a Kansas Sex Offender Need to Register?
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 name, address and phone number to their social security number, blood type and fingerprints. This information is now available in an online data base.
Registered offenses include:
- 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
If the registered offender decides to relocate, they would have three days to notify the local authorities of their new address. 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.
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.
Experienced Johnson County Sex Crime Legal Counsel
Penalties posed by sex crime convictions are serious and life-altering, but they are not automatically handed down. Thanks to the legal system, all accused offenders have the opportunity to present their side of the story, the facts and the evidence that can help them beat their charges or greatly minimize consequences. In order to provide yourself with the best chances of presenting a strong defense, you need to work with experienced and proven lawyers who have handled sex crime cases.
Aside from being able to provide this, one of our firm's partners, attorney Toth, has years of experience as former section chief for the district attorney's sex crime unit. This unique insight prepares our legal team to handle whatever your case may bring.
If you would like to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Olathe criminal attorney, contact our firm today.
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