In Missouri and in most other states, it might surprise you as to what offenses can land you on a sex offender registry. While people might believe that they would have to commit a quite serious crime to be included on such a list, that is not exactly the case. For example, how many times have you, or someone you know, pulled over to the side of the road to find a private place to urinate? If someone sees you do such a thing, you could be charged with a sex-related offense and end up on an offender registry.
Examples of sex offender crimes
Most sex crimes fall under state jurisdictions. However, there are some crimes that are subject to both state and federal oversight. Examples of sex-related crimes that require you be listed on an offender registry include:
- Sex trafficking
- Possession of child pornography
- Sexual contact with a minor
- Video voyeurism of a minor
These are only a few examples of sexual crimes that could require you to be listed on a registry. In fact, you could face additional charges for failing to register on a sex offender registry if convicted of an applicable crime.
Degrees of sex-related offenses
Crimes are broken up into three different tiers. The more severe the crime, the higher the tier. Committing a crime listed on any of the three tiers will require registration on a sex offender list.
What information is listed on a sex offender registry?
Sex offender registries include a great deal of information regarding each person listed. Their name, residential address, work address, description of car driven and convicted offenses are readily available on the list. Also included is a photograph and a written physical description of the offender.
What to do if you are charged
If you’re facing charges, the most important thing you should do is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. They may be able to protect your interests, prevent jail time and help you stay off of a sex offender registry.