Some criminal offenses carry consequences beyond fines and jail time. These offenses have the power to change your life and are crimes that can land you on Indiana’s sex offender registry. Depending on the type of offense, you might end up on the registry for a few years. Or you might end up on the sex offender list for life.
Being a registered sex offender can impact your personal and professional relationships. It can make it extremely difficult to find employment, housing, and educational opportunities. You may end up feeling isolated and overwhelmed.
At The Criminal Defense Team, we want to help you understand which crimes require you to register as a sex offender in Indiana. Once you know what you are up against, a skilled defense team can help you protect your rights and build a strategic case that offers you the best chance at a favorable outcome.
What Is the Indiana Sex Offender Registry?
Like most other states, Indiana has its own sex offender registry. A sex offender registry is a list compiled and maintained by the state that monitors the whereabouts of those convicted of certain crimes. In Indiana, county sheriffs are primarily responsible for maintaining the state’s registry. This registry contains detailed information about convicted offenders, such as their home address, place of employment, and which school they attend.
The state started keeping records of sex offenders in 2003 after the passage of Zachary’s Law. The law is named for Zachary Snider. Zachary was only ten years old when he was murdered by a convicted child molester in 1993. At the time, the family was living next door to the convicted molester and had no idea about his dangerous past and prior conviction.
Crimes That Require an Individual to Register as a Sex Offender
If you are convicted of certain crimes, you may be required to register as a sex offender in Indiana. Offenses that can result in your name being added to the sex offender registry include:
- Child molestation
- Child exploitation
- Child seduction
- Vicarious sexual gratification
- Sexual misconduct with a minor
- Sexual battery
- Possession of child pornography
- Child sex trafficking
- Human trafficking
- Kidnapping of a minor victim by a person who is not the child’s parent or guardian
- Criminal confinement of a minor by a person who is not the child’s parent or guardian
- Sexual contact by a service provider with a minor
- Promotion of prostitution
- Promotion of human trafficking
- Conspiracy to commit a sex offense
- Sexual offenses committed under the laws of another jurisdiction like the military
Juvenile offenders may also be required to register as sex offenders under certain circumstances. This is the case when:
- The offender is at least 14 years old at the time the offense is committed
- The juvenile has been released from a state institution or juvenile facility
- They are likely to repeat the act, which would be a sexual offense if committed by an adult offender
Sex Offender Registry Requirements
Those convicted of the above offenses will be required to register as sex offenders upon their release from confinement. The state will need the convicted individual to provide all the following information:
- Full name
- Former names and alias
- Social security number
- A recent photograph
- Date of birth
- Hair color
- Eye color
- Identifying marks such as tattoos or scars
- Driver’s license number
- Vehicle license plate number
- Vehicle VIN
- Vehicle description
- Primary address
- Additional addresses where they may stay or reside
- Mailing address
- Employer information
- School enrollment
- Email address
- Electronic messaging usernames or accounts
Generally, offenders who are categorized as sexually violent predators must register for life. These individuals are also not allowed to reside within 1000 feet of schools, youth centers, or public parks.
Being a registered sex offender can put significant constraints on nearly all aspects of a person’s life, from where they live and work, to when and how they travel. Your whereabouts are closely monitored and tracked by the county. However, failure to register as a sex offender or providing inaccurate information to the registry can result in serious penalties.
Contact an Experienced and Aggressive Defense Team Today
If you have been charged with a crime that could land you on Indiana’s sex offender registry, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. Your freedom, your reputation, and your future may be in jeopardy. At The Criminal Defense Team, we can begin mounting a strategic defense plan immediately that aims to obtain the best possible outcome for your situation.
Let us help you build a compelling defense. Reach out to our office today by calling (317) 565-2221 for a confidential legal consultation.