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Sexual misconduct charges are associated with extremely severe penalties and are usually punished more harshly than any other type of crime, other than murder. Sex crimes are seldom witnessed by anyone other than the accused and the accuser. Due to this, the risk of convicting an innocent individual is drastically higher in sex crimes cases.

In today’s environment, accusations of child molestation and unwanted sexual advances are frequently prosecuted and investigated without sufficient evidence. Michigan law has significantly sided with protecting the rights of the so-called victim and, often, extremely relevant evidence is excluded from trial, such as an accuser’s past sexual activity.

Cases of sexual misconduct require a combination of effective negotiation, investigation, and legal counsel before indictment.

Recently, amendments have been made to the Michigan Sex Offender Registration (SOR) requirements. Now, Tier I and Tier III offenders are able to reduce their time on the SOR. Also, offenders in consensual cases, also known as “Romeo and Juliet” offenses, should seek an attorney for immediate removal under the new amendments. There are also opportunities for complete removal because certain offenses have been taken off of the list.

Reduction in Registration for Tier I or III offenses

Tier I cases are the least severe sex offenses, such as indecent exposure, possession of child pornography, and most fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct convictions. Tier I offenders must register themselves on the SOR each year for 15 years. However, under the new amendments, a tier I offender may petition to discontinue registration after 10 years. Essentially, there is a reduction of registration from 15 years to 10 years.

Tier III offenders are convicted of more serious offenses such as first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and any conviction for sexually molesting a child under the age of 13. Tier III offenders are also eligible to reduce their time on the SOR. Tier III offenders must register for life. However, the amendments reduce the required registration length to 25 years so long as the offender was a juvenile at the time of the offense. Tier III adult offenders have no relief for reduction of their registration period and neither do any Tier II offenders. So, if you are a tier III offender who has already been on the SOR for 25 years, you may be eligible for removal.

Petition for Removal for Consensual or “Romeo & Juliet” Cases

To petition for immediate removal of your name on the SOR, the offense must have been a result of a consensual act, among other requirements, including the ages of the parties. Old laws reduced the registration from 25 to 10 years, but the new amendment allows for immediate removal.

Some are no longer required to register on SOR because certain offenses were taken off the list.

You can petition for removal of your name on the SOR if you were charged with disorderly person, obscene conduct, or indecent exposure. People who were convicted of these offenses are no longer required to register.

To submit a petition for removal from the SOR, contact a Michigan sex crimes attorney to discuss your case for the most optimal result.

Schedule a free consultation with our sex crimes attorneys in Michigan by calling (248) 368-0038 today.

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