Juveniles and the Sex Offender Registry
Juveniles can be put on the sex offender registry, even for life. Being accused of any sex crime is very serious and should never be faced without an attorney.
If your child is 13 or under, they will not be placed on the list. No person under age 14 at the time they allegedly committed a sex offense will ever be placed on the sex offender registry. This is true no matter how serious the charge is, at least according to the law as it stands now.
If your child is 14 – 16 years old at the time of the alleged commission, sex offender registration is only required if the crime they are adjudicated responsible for is considered a “Tier 3 offense,” which are the most serious offenses. Tier 3 offenses include:
- Gross Indecency (victim is under 13);
- Criminal Sexual Conduct 1-3;
- Assault with Intent to commit CSC;
- Unlawful Imprisonment.
If a juvenile pleads guilty to or is found responsible for a Tier III offense, registration is for LIFETIME on the non-public Sex Offender Registry. If the juvenile is convicted as an adult in the Circuit Court, then the reporting is public.
Juveniles placed on the sex offender registry may be able to petition to have the length of registration reduced to 25 years, and may avoid registration completely if their case meets the requirements of Michigan’s “Romeo and Juliet” law.