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Featured / 9.27.2022

Sex Offender Registration

There is a sex offender registration requirement for every state to keep a database of convicted sex offenders. These are the requirements for an Indiana sex offender. If you have been convicted of a sex crime and you need an Indiana sex offender lawyer, you are subject to sex offender registration, call us at (317) 721-9858 or via email at [email protected].

Publication of Registry Information

According to Ind. Code § 11-8-8-7, the local law enforcement authority with whom a sex offender registers is required to make and publish a photograph of the offender on the Indiana sex offender registry website. They must also notify every law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the county where they reside and update the National Crime Information Center National Sex Offender Registry data base.

When a sex offender registers, he or she must provide the following information:

  • Identifying information including full name, alias, any previous names, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, hair color, eye color, any scars, marks, or tattoos, social security number, driver’s license or state ID card number, vehicle plate number or identification number that the registering offender owns or operates on a regular basis, principal residence address, other addresses where the offender spends more than seven nights in a fourteen-day period, and mailing address, if different from the principal residence address;
  • A description of the offense for which the sex offender was convicted, the date of conviction, the county of conviction, and the sentence imposed, if applicable;
  • A recent photograph of the offender;
  • The name and address of each of the offender’s employers or schools enrolled in Indiana, and the address where the offender stays or intends to stay while in Indiana;
  • Any designation as a sexually violent predator or any requirements to register for life; and
  • Any electronic mail address, instant messaging username, electronic chat room username, or social networking web site username that the sex offender uses or intends to use.

If a sex offender changes his or her principal residence address, or the place where the offender stays in Indiana, he or she is required under Ind. Code § 11-8-8-11 to report to the local law enforcement authority with jurisdiction over the offender’s current principal address or location no more than 72 hours after the address change. The same applies if the offender changes his or her principal place of employment, vocation, campus or school enrollment location. Additionally, if the offender changes or obtains a new email address, instant messaging username, electronic chat room username, or social networking web site username, he or she must report in person to the local law enforcement authority no more than 72 hours after the change or creation of the address or username and provide the new address or username.

Registered sex offenders also have an annual reporting requirement. Under Ind. Code § 11-8-8-14, they must report in person to the local law enforcement authority once every 365 days to register and be photographed.

Registration Violations

Under Ind. Code § 11-8-8-17, a sex offender is guilty of a Level 6 felony punishable by up to two and a half years of imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $10,000 as provided by Ind. Code § 35-50-2-7 if he or she knowingly or intentionally:

  • Fails to register when required to register under this chapter;
  • Fails to register in every location where the sex or violent offender is required to register;
  • Makes a material misstatement or omission while registering as a sex offender;
  • Fails to register in person as required; or
  • Does not reside at the sex offender’s registered address or location.
  • If the offender who committed a registration violation has a prior unrelated conviction for an unrelated registration violation offense, or any other requirement for sex offenders, it is considered a Level 5 felony punishable by a possible prison term of between one and six years, and a fine not exceeding $10,000, as provided by Ind. Code § 35-50-2-6.

Are You a Convicted Sex Offender

If you are a convicted sex offender, it still makes sense to have the best sex offender attorney available for your personal situation. Give The Law Office of Jesse K. Sanchez a call at (317) 721-9858.

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