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How long is a convicted defendant a registered sex offender?

Present difficulties often take precedence over legal consequences that could be months or years away. Resolving immediate problems caused by an arrest, bail terms and incarceration seem and are extremely important for Kansas City defendants. However, criminal defense attorneys also create strategies to lessen the impact of a possible conviction on the future.

People accused of sex crimes rightfully are concerned about the effects of allegations on their families, friends and professional life. They worry about weathering trials and possible convictions followed by fines and prison time. But, once all those societal obligations are satisfied, there is often another hardship – inescapable sex offender registration.

A sex offender registry allows law enforcement officials and the public to monitor where you live and work. These and other details can be factored into decisions about your employment, housing, educational future and eligibility for benefits. In Kansas, registration is unavoidable if you are convicted of certain sexual offenses, particularly crimes involving minors.

How long a defendant remains on the Kansas Sex Offender Registry depends upon the crimes for which he or she was convicted. For instance, a defendant is listed on the registry for 15 years for sexual battery and lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor. Registration is required for 25 years for indecent liberties with a child and aggravated sexual battery, among other crimes.

Lifetime registration is mandatory for rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, commercial sexual exploitation of a child and other offenses. Even juveniles, including children under age 14, may be ordered to register for violent sex crimes. A defendant who does not comply with rules set down in the Kansas Offender Registration Act may be charged with a felony.

If you are facing criminal charges for a sexual offense, it is important to understand the long-range implications. An attorney can offer legal explanations, customized options to achieve a desired legal outcome and realistic expectations.

Source: Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Attorney Genera, "Kansas Offender Registration Act," accessed June 05, 2015

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