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Which NC Sex Crime Convictions Require Sex Offender Registration

On behalf of Randall & Stump, PLLC in Sex Crimes on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

 

Many sex crimes carry harsh penalties, such as lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines. In addition to the statutory penalties of a sexual offense, you face a host of collateral consequences, including – but not limited to – challenges finding housing, issues relating to child visitation/custody, and sex offender registration. If such registration is required, you will be required to register where you live and work long after you have finished your prison sentence – perhaps even for life.

If you’re concerned about possibly ending up on the sex offender registry, call Randall & Stump, PLLC right away. We give our clients aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation, and fight for them to receive fair results. To schedule a free consultation of your case with an experienced Charlotte sex crimes lawyer, call us today at (980) 237-4579, or reach out through the online contact form.

Sex Offenses That Require Registration

North Carolina requires that you register as a sex offender if you are convicted of one of the following types of crimes:

  • An offense against a minor
  • A sexually violent offense
  • An attempt to commit one of those offenses

Anyone residing in the state of North Carolina who has been convicted of one of these crimes must register. This also applies to non-resident students and workers who are required to register as sex offenders in their home state.

Offenses Against Minors

In North Carolina, a minor is anyone who under the age of 18. Sex crimes involving minors are taken seriously. If convicted of such an offense, you will be almost certainly required to register as a sex offender. The following crimes, for example, qualify as offenses against minors and require sex offender registration:

  • Kidnapping
  • Felonious restraint
  • Statutory rape or another sexual offense where the victim is 15-years-old or younger, and the perpetrator is at least six years older
  • Taking indecent liberties with a child
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Participating in the prostitution of a minor
  • Solicitation of a child via computer to commit an unlawful sexual act
  • Allowing a sex act to be committed upon a minor by a parent or guardian

Sexually Violent Offenses

Sex offender registration isn’t limited solely to crimes involving minors. Some of the sexually violent offenses that require such registration include:

  • First-degree forcible rape
  • Second-degree forcible rape
  • First and second-degree forcible sexual offenses
  • Sexual battery
  • Incest
  • Felonious indecent exposure
  • Human trafficking
  • Soliciting or conspiring to commit any of the above sexual offenses

Keep in mind that under North Carolina law, you can also be charged with an attempt to commit these crimes, as well as solicitation or conspiracy to commit the offenses, which will also require sex offender registration if you’re convicted. For example, you could be convicted of conspiracy to commit rape and be required to register as a sex offender.

Contact a Charlotte Sex Crimes Lawyer for Help Today

In many cases, being convicted of a sex crime requires that you register as a sex offender. This can be a bitter reality after facing prosecution and prison, and many people feel as if they are branded for life. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Charlotte, the criminal defense attorneys at Randall & Stump, PLLC have the knowledge and experience to build a strong defense on your behalf. Don’t delay – call us at (980) 237-4579, or visit our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation of your case.