Being convicted of a sex offense comes with many major long-term consequences here in Minnesota. For certain crimes, this includes having to register with the state’s predatory offender registration program. Being on this registry can have deep impacts on individuals. It can greatly impact how they are viewed within a community. It could also impact where they can live, as some cities in the state have rules restricting where people on the registry can reside.

How long is a person convicted of a qualifying sex offense required to be on the registry? Today’s post will go over some of the basic rules on this.

The standard length

Generally, a person is required to register for no less than 10 years. However, there are situations in which the required time on the registry can be even longer. Below are the three main scenarios in which this is the case.

Extension by probation

A person’s registry time can be extended if they have been given a long probation sentence. Specifically, if a person subject to the registration requirement has been given probation in excess of 10 years, they are required to register for as long as they are on probation.

Extension by failure to register

If a person fails to register when they are required to do so, the length of time they are to be on the registry is extended by 5 years.

The lifetime requirement exception

State law has set aside a subset of registration-qualifying sex crimes that are subject to a lifetime registration requirement, rather than the standard requirement.

Responding to sex crime charges

As this illustrates, the impacts of a sex crime conviction can last for a very long time. This underscores how much is at stake for a person when sex offense allegations are leveled. So, when facing such charges, it can be critical for a person to promptly reach out for guidance from a skilled defense attorney on what they can do to protect their rights and future.