If you’re currently facing charges for certain sex crimes in Indiana, you may already be aware that the consequences of a conviction go beyond incarceration, fines, and probation. You’re required to register as a sex offender for a designated period under Zachary’s Law. While your legal obligations may seem straightforward, sex offender registration rules can be complicated. Different sex offenses impose registration duties, and the duration of your responsibility to register varies.
Because of the complexities of Indiana’s laws on sex crimes, retaining experienced legal counsel is critical. The implications for a conviction could last long after you’ve served your sentence, and your status as a sex offender could affect your life in ways you didn’t expect. Still, there may be strategies to defend against the charges and obtain a favorable outcome.
IN Sex Offender Registration Rules
Zachary’s Law, which outlines sex offender registration requirements in Indiana, requires individuals with sex crime convictions to register with their local sheriff’s department. If you’re required to register by law, you must provide details such as:
- Your legal name and any previous aliases
- Your main address and the address for any location where you spend seven nights in a two-week period
- Physical characteristics, including sex, race, height, weight, hair and eye color, scars or identifying marks
- Your Social Security and driver’s license numbers
- Information on your vehicle
- The offense for which you were convicted, along with relevant dates and sentencing
- Your online profiles and accounts, including social media and email addresses
This information is used to create the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, so that the general public knows the identity, location, and appearance of sex offenders. For these purposes, you’ll also need to update your registration within 72 hours if any of the required details change.
Offenses Requiring 10-Year Sex Offender Registration
Several different crimes could qualify you as a sex offender in Indiana. Crimes with a 10-year registration requirement include:
- Rape (unless the offender is labeled sexually violent)
- Child Molesting
- Sexual Battery
- Child Solicitation
- Possession of Child Pornography
Crimes that Require Lifetime Registration in Indiana
Some sex crimes are so severe that Indiana requires the offender to register for life. There are additional circumstances that make the crime particularly outrageous and justify the imposition of a lifetime registration requirement. Often, people who commit offenses that fall under this umbrella are labeled sexually violent predators. The duty to register will never terminate if:
- You commit a sex crime an adult, and the victim is under 12-years-old
- In commission of a sex crime, you cause serious bodily injury or death
- The victim was unconscious or not capable of providing consent to sexual conduct
- You’re convicted for two sex crimes related to a single incident
- You have a prior sex crimes conviction in the past, one for which you were required to register
- You were convicted in another state for a sex offense that required you to register for life
Contact GDS Law Group for Help Today
Things may look grim if you’ve been arrested for a sex crime, but always remember that you’ll have the chance to defend yourself in court. You can make the most of this opportunity when you have skilled legal representation on your side. To schedule a free consultation, please contact GDS Law Group right away. A member of our team can explain potential defense strategies after reviewing your unique circumstances.