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Why Hire Our Sex Offender Attorney in Indianapolis

At The Criminal Defense Team, our team of sex crime lawyers in Indianapolis work closely with individuals who are accused of sex crimes. When possible, we try to remove the possibility of having to register as a sex offender in Indiana. Registration can ruin your reputation and freedom and subject you to ongoing monitoring that can result in additional criminal charges if you fail to register as required. If you are being charged with a crime related to the sex offender registry or want to avoid being added to this stigmatized list, we can help. 

Contact us today to learn how our legal team can help.

How Indiana’s Sex Offender Registration Works

Indiana Code §§ 11-8-8-4.5 and 11-8-8-5 requires individuals convicted of certain crimes to register on the Indiana Sex or Violent Offender registry. Indiana sheriff’s departments collect information about registrants, including their names, location, offense, and appearance and share this information with the public. The Indiana Department of Correction is responsible for overseeing the registration. Individuals who are subject to registration often struggle to understand and adhere to the requirements imposed by Indiana law. 

Under the law, individuals are typically required to register if they are convicted of any of the following crimes:

  • Rape
  • Sexual battery 
  • Vicarious sexual gratification
  • Child molestation
  • Child exploitation
  • Child solicitation
  • Child seduction
  • Sexual misconduct with a minor
  • Incest
  • Kidnapping
  • Criminal confinement
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Promoting prostitution 
  • Promoting sex trafficking, child sexual trafficking, or sexual trafficking of a younger child
  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual misconduct by a service provider with a detained or supervised child 

Individuals who are required to register as a sex offender are subject to many requirements and restrictions, which may include:

  • Reporting in person to a local law enforcement agency
  • Providing personal information about themselves, residence, and vehicle to law enforcement
  • Providing consent to have their electronic devices searched and monitoring hardware or software installed on their electronic devices
  • Reporting changes, such as a change in address or job
  • Being restricted from living in certain areas or interacting with children
  • Keeping photo identification on their person at all times
  • Being restricted from having online communication with a child under 16
  • Being restricted from working in jobs involving working on school property, a public park, or a youth program center

Depending on the offense and criminal history, registration may be for ten years or for the rest of the registrant’s life. 

Sex Offender Crimes And Penalties

Sex offenders can face various crimes for failing to comply with sex offender requirements, including:

  • Failure to register as a sex offender when required, a Level 6 felony
  • Failure of a sex or violent offender to possess identification, a Class A misdemeanor or a Level 6 felony if the person is classified as a sexually violent predator or has a prior conviction
  • Unlawful employment by a sexual predator, a Level 6 felony or a Level 5 felony if the registrant has previously failed to register as a sex offender or comply with another registration requirement 
  • Sex offender internet offense, Class A misdemeanor or Level 6 felony if there is a prior conviction for this offense 

A Class A misdemeanor is punished by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $5,000. A Level 6 felony imposes a potential penalty of up to 2.5 years’ imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000. A Level 5 felony is punished by up to six years’ imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000. 

Contact Our Sex Offender Lawyer in Indianapolis Today

The Criminal Defense Team wants to protect your freedom and reputation. Contact our firm today for a confidential consultation to discuss your case.

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