Sex Offender Registry & Failure to Register in St. Louis, MO
Who is required to register as a sex offender?
In January of 1995, the Missouri Sex Offender Registry was created as a
way for the general public to gain access to available information about
convicted sexual offenders. Consequently, anyone convicted of a felony
sex crime is required to submit his or her personal information, often including
a DNA sample, to the MSHP.
The same requirements are imposed on individuals who plead guilty to committing
a sex crime. The information provided to highway patrol is then made available
to the public through an online database. According to the Missouri Revised
Statutes §589.400, a person can be required to register as a sex
offender if he or she has committed or attempted to commit any of the
following criminal offenses:
§589.425 - Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
According to Missouri Code §589.425,
failure to register as a sex offender is a Class D felony. If, however, the individual has been convicted of an offense in Chapter
566, which is a Class A or B felony, an unclassified felony, or a felony
involving a child under the age of 14, the failure to register would be
considered a Class C felony. This means that a person who is convicted
could face anywhere between four to seven years in prison for violating this law.
Common Questions About Sex Offender Registration
When are sex offenders required to register?
The general rule is three days, according to § 589.400 MRS. This can
mean within three days of a conviction, three days of release from incarceration
or three days from moving into the state of Missouri.
Do out-of-state offenders have to register if they move to Missouri?
Yes. People who are required to register as sex offenders in other states
who move to Missouri must register within three days of moving to Missouri.
Even if you only live in Missouri part-time (such as students or individuals
who live in Missouri part of the year for business), you must register
in Missouri as a sex offender. As long as an offender lives in Missouri
seven days out of the year, they must register.
How often do offenders have to verify registration?
Convicted sex offenders must complete semi-annual registration. In other
words, twice a year convicted sex offenders will have to verify the information
on their registration profile. The first verification takes place within
the offender’s birth month- the second takes place six months after
that. Some offenders must verify registration every 90 days.
Our St. Louis Sex Crime Attorneys Offer Free Consultations
If you or someone you love is facing the possibility of sex offender registration
or has been arrested and charged with failure to register as a sex offender
in the state of Missouri, contact The Hammer Law Firm, LLC. Our team is
ready to fight for you so that you receive a fair and just result. Call
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