Does Michigan Need to Reconsider its Sex Offender Registry?

Does Michigan Need to Reconsider its Sex Offender Registry?

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There’s no question that being charged and convicted with a sex crime can be devastating. Not only do people convicted of sex crimes have to live with the stigma that comes with being a sex offender, but they also have to register as sex offenders and abide by all the rules and regulations that go with being on that registry. Being registered as a sex offender in Michigan has not been easy over the past 20 years. In fact, lawmakers have adjusted the laws regularly and added more strenuous restrictions and regulations. This has made obeying all the rules very difficult for those on the list.

However, there is some good news for those who are registered sex offenders in the state of Michigan. A U.S. District Court judge recently ruled that several parts of the state’s sex offender registry are unconstitutional. The judge tossed out an order that requires sex offenders to report any new instant messaging or email addresses in person, as well as a ruling that offenders report all pone numbers they regularly use to authorities. Another rule that was struck down forced offenders to stay at least 1,000 feet from schools. The judge ruled that those on the registry had to guess where those safety zones were and that they were not given enough information to abide by the law.

In addition, many of those people on the list who were fighting for change claimed that it was nearly impossible to follow every mandate in the law. Many of them, who are now parents and grandparents, also claimed that the law made it impossible for them to participate in their children and grandchildren’s educational activities.

This obviously comes as good news for those who are registered as sex offenders in the state. Having to abide by rules that were both unfair and unconstitutional has most likely been very difficult for anyone who is registered as a sex offender in Michigan. Meantime, for anyone who is facing accusations or charges of a sex offense in Flint, should take those charges very seriously.

Being convicted of a sex offense can damage a person’s reputation for many years and even for a lifetime. Sometimes, just an accusation is enough to hurt someone’s good name for years to come. Don’t let this happen to you. If you are facing this kind of situation, then seek the help of our experienced criminal defense team at the law office of Nickola. We will fight for your rights. So give us a call at 810-767-5420, or contact us online.

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