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Who must register as a sex offender?

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Sex Crimes

Being convicted of a sex-related crime can come with many consequences in Minnesota. If convicted, one may face jail time, be required to pay fines, and may have to register as a sex offender. When one registers as a sex offender, the information may be public. This can greatly impact one’s ability to find work and can also create problems in one’s personal life. Those accused of sex crimes can benefit from knowing how the sex offender registry works and whether they will be required to register based on the charges.  

Registering as a sex offender 

The term sex offender refers to someone who has been convicted of a sex-related crime. Those who are convicted of a crime that’s considered predatory must register as a sex offender. Once registered, one’s name will remain on the registry for at least 10 years or the length of probation, whichever is longer.  

When deciding whether one is required to register as a sex offender, the court will consider many factors. The nature of the offense, which includes the age of the alleged victim, will determine the severity of the penalties after a conviction. One’s criminal history and likelihood of committing another similar crime in the future may also be considered. 

Legal help for the accused 

Sex crimes are taken very seriously by the state of Minnesota and being convicted of such a crime can come with life-changing consequences. Those accused of such a crime should seek legal advice promptly. Just like with other crimes, one has the right to defend oneself against the accusations in court.   


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