Sex Offender Registry Attorneys in Lexington
What Are Sex Offender Registry Laws in Kentucky?
According to the Kentucky Revised Statutes, there are multiple rules and regulations surrounding sex offender registration, and failure to comply with the laws could lead to further legal complications. If you are convicted of a sex crime, your name, address, identifiable information and your specific offense will be posted to the Kentucky sex offender database. This information is public and viewable by neighbors, family members, friends and employers.
In addition to the registry, offenders may also experience restriction in the following areas:
- Living Arrangements – In order to be considered for housing, a sex offender's desired residence must be approved by a corrections officer. Convicted offenders are required to register themselves prior to leaving the county, state, or city and must register in their new place of residence within 24 hours of arrival.
- Location Restrictions – Registered sex offenders cannot live within a certain distance of a school or daycare.
- Employment - A corrections officer may have to approve work and education opportunities. Offenders may be ineligible for certain positions and they cannot commit another offense while employed or in school.
- Medical Treatment – All offenders will be required to undergo psycho-sexual evaluations by a state-approved, certified counselor. These sexual deviancy counselors may subject offenders to polygraph tests and require the offender to receive therapy.
- Contact with Past Victims – At no time is a past offender allowed to have contact with any past victims. Mail, email, phone contact, and face-to-face interactions are strictly prohibited. Courts must first approve supervised visits with minor children.
- Purchase of Weapons – Offenders are not allowed to purchase any firearm in the state of Kentucky. If you are found in possession of any weapon, ammunition of firearm, you could face further legal complications.
- Purchase of Alcohol – Alcohol is not allowed to be purchased or consumed by offenders. Offenders are often required to report to a corrections officer who will monitor the offender's drug and alcohol consumption through urine or chemical tests.
Penalties for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requires sex offenders to register their names under the SORNA system, or else offenders may be subject to federal punishments. Even if you were not convicted for a federal offense, you may face the same consequences as those who were.If you knowingly fail to register or update your registration under the required circumstances, you may face a federal criminal penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
In Kentucky, there are two types of sex offender registrations, either for 20 years or life. The factors that play a role in determining whether you must register for 20 years or life include:
- 1st degree Rape
- 1st degree Sodomy
- Kidnapping or Unlawful Confinement of a Minor (except by a parent)
- Those convicted of a sex crime who have prior convictions of specified offenses
- Those convicted of two or more felony criminal offenses against victims who are minors
- All offenders moving into Kentucky and registering from another state
- Anyone designated as a “Sexually Violent Predator” in another jurisdiction
All other offenders must register for 20 years. However, we understand that certain factors may prevent you from correctly registering under SORNA. There are various rules and eligibility requirements that could be easily confused and ultimately prevent you registering properly, even if you didn’t intend to.
As such, it’s vital that you retain our proactive and seasoned attorneys to guide you through the sex offender registration process and provide valuable legal counsel regarding the scope of your situation and how to best move forward without dealing with complications related to your SORNA registry.
Call (859) 951-3112 for Help with Your Sex Offender Registry Matters
Following an arrest for a sex crime, you have a lot on the line. Besides the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence, fines and restitution, you must also register as a sex offender. At Bleile & Dawson, we understand that your future, rights, and freedoms may be jeopardized if you fail to register as a sex offender. If you are looking to fight to remove a sex offender registry from your sentence, or are already registered and want to remove your name, we can help work toward such outcomes. Further, if you’ve violated the terms of your sex offender registry and need powerhouse legal advocacy in your corner, our lawyers are prepared to fight for you.
Without the representation of our attorney, you may deal with harsh penalties for failing to register as a sex offender or violating the terms of your registry. On top of that, you have a lower chance of getting your sentence reduced to eliminate your sex offender registry altogether. Simply put, you could greatly benefit from our defense. In order to protect yourself and your reputation, it is essential that you contact a Lexington defense lawyer from our team to help you right away. We obtain 40+ years of experience, meaning we can capably handle whatever you face. We provide you with a free initial consultation so we can take a look at the circumstances of your sex crimes case and help you determine your next steps.
In order to protect yourself, your future, and your good name, it is important that you retain our representation. Call (859) 951-3112 or make an appointment online for your free consultation!