Sexual Offender Registry Georgia
Sexual Offender Registry in Georgia: An Overview
The primary purpose of Georgia’s sex offender registration laws – even though law enforcement won’t admit this – is to act as a scarlet letter for those convicted of any sexual offense. The Georgia sex offender registry casts a wide net and requires virtually anyone convicted of a felony sexual charge to register. The details for who is required to register and what information he or she must provide are located at O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12.
A convicted sex offender who resides in Georgia (or works a certain number of days in Georgia) must register as a sex offender with the sheriff of the county in which they reside. Georgia law imposes many restrictions and requirements on registered sex offenders in addition to the registration requirement, prohibiting sex offenders from living or working near places where children congregate.
While the best course of action would be to avoid convictions that place you on the sex offender registry, the next best step is to speak with a lawyer about getting off of the registry. The sex offenders registry laws in Georgia are complicated. This is why Swingle Levin Law, LLC provides experienced defense attorneys who can assist you with any questions you may have about these laws. Contact us today for more information.
Can you help get me off the sex offender registry?
Most of the requirements for removal from Georgia’s sex offender registry are located at O.C.G.A. § 42-1-19.
First, you must have completed your sentence – including any probation. So, for example, assume you had a sentence of 10 years with one year to serve and that you have another two years of probation left. You would need to wait until that probation is over or somehow get your probation terminated early before seeking removal from the registry.
Second, you either have to wait ten years since the end of your sentence OR obtain a level 1 risk assessment classification by the Sex Offender Registration and Review Board (SORRB). If you haven’t been rated yet, Swingle Levin Law can help you try to obtain the level 1 risk assessment and will do so as part of our representation to get you off of the sex offender registry.
In addition to those requirements, you will also have to pass several other hurdles.
- You must not have any prior convictions for sex crimes, aggravated child molestation, or crimes against minors
- Your qualifying offense cannot have involved the use of a deadly weapon likely to cause serious harm during their sex offense against a victim
- Your qualifying offense cannot have involved the transportation of the victim during the offense
- You cannot have physically restrained the victim during the offense or sexually explicit conduct
- You cannot have intentionally caused the victim physical harm or the soliciting sexual conduct
- There can be no evidence of similar transactions, such as uncharged sexual offenses or allegations of other sexual misconduct
If you pass those hurdles, we can file a motion with a superior court and serve the correct parties to obtain a hearing in front of a superior court judge. Even if you haven’t yet obtained a rating from SORRB, Swingle Levin Law may still be able to assist you.
Does the Sexual Offender Registry Get Updated Frequently?
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is responsible for updating the sexual offender list, which includes changes in name, address, employment, convictions, sexual offenses, and any new criminal offense information daily.
All information provided by the sexual offender must be updated within two business days by the sheriff.
It is important to remember that sex offenders must continually update the registry, regardless of whether their information changes. If sexual offenders fail to update the sexual offender registry regularly, they may face prison time pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12.
You will be required to register on the directory if you have been convicted of any of the following offenses, including
Aggravated sexual battery
Sexual contact toward a minor
Practice prostitution by use of a minor in sexual performance
Criminal sexual conduct
Consulting with an attorney with experience in handling criminal sexual contact cases, including false imprisonment and other related issues, can help you understand things in detail.
How Does a Sexual Offender Register?
A sex offender must register in person with the sheriff of the county where they are planning to reside within 72 hours of their release from prison. Offenders who are homeless must also register with the sheriff in person within 72 hours of being released from prison.
Sexual offenders must renew their information with the county sheriff once a year, within 72 hours of their birthday. During this process, they will be photographed and fingerprinted.
When an offender moves from one county to another, they must notify both the sheriffs of the counties where they formerly resided and the counties where they now reside. The new address must be reported to the sheriff if the county is the same.
Contact a criminal defense attorney for more information about sexual offender registry laws in Georgia. Criminal defense attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in many practice areas. They can help protect your rights and provide legal advice for sexual offender registration and other sexual offense-related matters. They will work with you and help protect your rights throughout the sexual offender registry process.
Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer
If you’re facing sexual offense charges, it is essential to understand the sexual offender registry laws in Georgia and have an experienced Athens criminal defense attorney help you navigate the process and ensure that your rights are protected. At Swingle Levin Law, LLC, we have more than 15 years of criminal defense experience – including having portions of the sex offender registration law declared unconstitutional. Contact us today for more information.