Who Has to Register as a Sex Offender in Alabama?
Conviction of any crime in Alabama comes with serious consequences. However, few crimes come with more long-lasting and public consequences than sex offenses that require convicted persons to register on the Alabama Sex Offender Registry. Read on for a list of some of the crimes that can land a convicted offender on the Sex Offender Registry.
- Rape in the first or second degree
- Sodomy (defined as “deviate sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion”)
- Sexual torture or abuse
- Enticing a child to enter a vehicle, room, house, office, or other place for immoral purposes
- Kidnapping a minor (other than by a parent)
- Incest, when the offender is an adult and the victim is a minor
- Soliciting a child by computer for the purposes of committing a sexual act and transmitting obscene material to a child by computer. This offense includes “sexting,” even between teenagers.
Keep in mind that people convicted of soliciting, attempting, or conspiring to commit any of the above crimes will also have to register as a sex offender. Even if you were convicted in another state, you’ll still have to register in Alabama as a sex offender.
If you are facing charges for any of the crimes described above, contact an Alabama criminal defense lawyer immediately. Alabama’s rules restricting the lives of sex offenders are some of the most punishing in the country. In fact, neighboring states report that large numbers of Alabama registered sex offenders are moving to their state, due to the difficulty of finding a place to live or raise their children under Alabama’s extreme laws governing sex offenders. Even juveniles are forced to register as sex offenders, which can make it impossible for them to move on from a foolish crime committed as a kid and have a productive adult life. Finding the right defense attorney to get sex offense charges reduced or dismissed can make a world of difference.
If you have been charged with a crime in Alabama, contact an experienced, determined, and aggressive criminal defense lawyer right away by calling the Dothan offices of Smith & McGhee for a consultation, at 334-708-3158.