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At The Law Office of Brian Jones, we empathize with our clients who face sex offense charges. Our attorneys and professional staff alike recognize the social stigma surrounding these offenses. We take seriously the life-altering consequences that accompany not only these types of convictions, but also the allegations from which such convictions stem.
We believe that allegations are not enough to subject our clients to a life of stigmatization without proof to substantiate them. It is for this reason that we work tirelessly, from the moment a client walks through our door for a consultation throughout the process of our representation, to ensure each of our clients obtain the best possible result in their case.
The sex offender registration system allows government authorities to track individuals convicted of certain sex crimes, based on the belief that these offenders pose risks to public safety and the communities in which they live.
These registries consist of both state and federal systems which collect information pertaining to convicted sex offenders for the purpose of law enforcement and public notification.
Every state in the country maintains a publicly accessible sex offender registration website, which typically collects personal information, such as an offender’s:
Ohio’s Sex Offender Registration & Notification Law (Sorn Law), governed by Ohio Revised Code Title 29 Chapter 2950, is an offense-based registry system. As such, convictions for certain sex offenses can place a person on the registry, even in cases where that person would be considered a “low-risk” offender under a risk-based model.
Presently, Ohio’s sex offender registry contains information for over 17,000 listed offenders convicted of sex crimes with varying levels of severity, including sexually oriented offenses, crimes committed by individuals deemed habitual sex offenders, sexual predators, and sexually violent predators.
Under Ohio’s law, individuals convicted of qualifying sex crimes are required to provide their local sheriff’s office with personal information, made publicly accessible though the eSORN database, including information regarding their:
Moreover, offenders must provide information related to their qualifying offense, such as:
The database also provides information regarding each sex offender’s level and sex offender registration number, as well as whether the offender is compliant with his registration requirements as mandated by law. Information entered into the registry by any of Ohio’s 88 county sheriff offices can be viewed online through the State’s sex offender search tool.
Generally, Ohio’s registration system categorizes offenders into three tiers. See the table below to view how Ohio distributes offenses among the three tiers
|OHIO SEX OFFENSE TIERS|
|TIER I||TIER II||TIER III|
|2907.04 Unlawful Sexual Conduct less than four years no consent||2907.21 Compelling Prostitution||2907.02 Rape|
|2907.05 (A)(1), (2), (3) or (5) Gross Sexual Imposition||2907.321 Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor||2907.03 Sexual Battery|
|2907.06 Sexual Imposition||2907.322 Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor||2907.05(B) Gross Sexual Imposition victim under the age of 12 with intent to abuse or harm|
|2907.07 Importuning||2907.323(A)(1)or (2) Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Performance||2903.01 Aggravated Murder with Sexual Motivation|
|2907.08 Voyeurism||2907.04 Unlawful Sexual Conduct||2903.02 Murder with Sexual Motivation|
|2907.09(B)(4) Public Indecency In Front Of A Minor/ Discretion Of Court less than 10 years older or no priors||2907.05(A)(4) Gross Sexual Imposition victim under 13||2903.03(B) Voluntary Manslaughter with Sexual Motivation|
|2907.22 Promoting Prostitution||2919.22(B)(5) Child Endangering||2903.04(A) Unlawful Death or Termination of Pregnancy as a result of committing a felony with sexual motivation|
|2907.32 Pandering Obscenity||2907.24(A)(3) Soliciting After Positive HIV Test||2903.11 Felonious Assault with Sexual Motivation|
|2907.323(A)(3) or (4) Illegal Use of Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material||2905.01(A)(1), (2),(3) or (5) Kidnapping with Sexual Motivation||2905.01(A)(4) Kidnapping victim under age 18|
|2903.211(A)(3) Menacing by Stalking||2905.01(B) Kidnapping victim age 18 or older||2905.01(B) Kidnapping victim under 18 not a parent|
|2905.01(A)(1), (2), (3) or (5) Kidnapping (Child-victim oriented offense)||2905.02(B) Abduction||Sexually violent predator classification 2971.03|
|2905.02(A) Abduction (Child- victim oriented offense)||2905.32 Human Trafficking if (A)11)||Delinquent child for Tier III equivalent in another jurisdiction|
|2905.03(A) or (B) Unlawful Restraint (Child-victim oriented offense)||Any sexual offense or child-victim oriented offense occurring after an offender has been classified as a Tier I offender||Any sexual offense or child-victim oriented offense occurring after an offender has been classified as a Tier II or Tier III offender|
|2905.05 Child Enticement (A) with Sexual Motivation; or (B) (Child-victim oriented offense)|
|Delinquent Child classified Tier I pursuant to 2152.831||Delinquent Child classified Tier II pursuant to 2152.831||Delinquent Child classified Tier III pursuant to 2152.831 or public registry qualified juvenile|
All offenses also include attempt, conspiracy or complicity to commit listed offense.
Violations of former laws of this state, any existing or former municipal ordinance or law of another state, military court, Indian tribe, or U.S. that is substantially equivalent to any of the listed offenses included in the equivalent tier.
In Ohio, the length of an offender’s registration requirement is directly correlated to the offender’s classification. Generally:
Tier I offenders must register annually for a term of 15 years. In some cases, Tier I offenders are required to register annually for only 10 years.
Tier II offenders must register every 180 days for a term of 25 years.
Tier III offenders must register every 90 days indefinitely.
In Ohio, if the underlying offense is a felony, an offender’s failure to register is a felony of the fifth degree; otherwise, the failure to register is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The sooner you start building a defense against your sex crime charges, the better. Our team of criminal defense attorneys know how to fight your sex crime charges aggressively. They will do everything they can to get the best possible outcome for your case.
Brian Glen Jones graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelors Degree in Politics and Government. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Akron School Of Law. Brian has been a lifelong resident of Ohio. Brian is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.
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