If you have been charged with a sex offense, you are probably already familiar with the fact that you have to register on a sex offender registry. Every state keeps a list of registered sex offenders available to the public as a way to easily locate where each person is living as well as other helpful information. You may be wondering though, do these same rules apply to juvenile offenders? The answer is yes – juveniles must still comply with registration laws. However, the laws are usually a bit different than those of an adult’s.
Who Must Register?
The first thing you should understand is that, if a state does not list sex offenders on a website, they could risk losing federal funding to the state. When it comes to juveniles, only a narrow group of offenders will have to register. Registration, for instance, is only required for those who were at least 14 years old when they committed their offense. It only applies to juveniles who are convicted for engaging in a “sexual act” through either force, unconsciousness, or involuntary drugging of the victim. If they do not fall under these requirements, then they may not have to register after all.
Sex offenders for juveniles looks about the same as that of an adult. They must register with the local law enforcement in the jurisdiction where they live, work, and also attend school. Their registry will contain a photograph of them, address, DNA sample, and fingerprints, no matter what the age. Federal law allows, but does not require, states to exclude juveniles from the website requirements and still receive said federal funding.
If you fall within these requirements and believe that you will have to register, it is time to speak to a defense attorney. Perhaps you believe that your case is unjust or you have not actually committed the crime you were charged with. These cases are handled very seriously, which is why it is important to speak with us as soon as possible. Call us today for more information.