Sex crime convictions in Metro Detroit come with a lot of negative consequences. You could go to jail or prison, be placed on lifetime probation, or be forced to register as a sex offender.
If registering as a sex offender is something you’re worried about, you might need a little more information about it. You might be asking yourself, “What does becoming a registered sex offender mean?”
When you are convicted of certain types of sex crimes in Michigan, one of your penalties is that you will be forced to register as a sex offender. If you don’t, you could face additional charges for failure to register.
Registering as a sex offender means putting your name and information in the Michigan Sex Offender Registry database. Essentially, this allows the sex offender program to keep tabs on you. The program will also report your name and crime to your new neighbors whenever you change residences.
This can be embarrassing for you, and your name and information about the crime will be out there for anyone to see. The goal of the sex offender program is to protect the public from sex offenders.
If you’re convicted of a sex offense in Metro Detroit and registering is part of your plea agreement or your sentencing, you will have no choice but to register as a sex offender.
If you haven’t been convicted of a crime yet, now is your one chance to fight against conviction.
Now you know what becoming a registered sex offender means. If you’re ready to talk to a Metro Detroit sex crime lawyer about your case, reach out to Schwartz Criminal Defense Firm. You can use the form below to reach our office or call 248-930-5019.