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Understanding Sex Offender Laws And Registration Requirements In Minnesota

In 2011, a former Penn State defensive coordinator and winner of two national championships was charged with a 40-count indictment involving his sexually assaulting several young boys. Prior to the indictment, the man was considered a model citizen who ran a summer football camp for children and was looked up to by many.

However, after he was indicted, Penn State’s former coach became merely one of thousands of individuals facing sex crime charges in the United States. It is important for each of these individuals to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to discuss the impact a sex crime conviction might have on his or her future.

Sex Crimes In Minnesota

People convicted of a sex crime in Minnesota face fines or prison or jail time. They may also be ordered to attend mandatory sex offender treatment programs and register as a predatory offender. Additionally, sex crimes can impact a person’s social and family life, often beyond repair. For these reasons, it is vital to begin defending yourself as early as possible, especially before speaking to authorities.

Sex Offender Registration And The Information Collected

Minnesota residents are required to register as a predatory sex offender when convicted of any crime arising out of charges of:

  • Felony criminal sexual conduct (First, Second, Third, or Fourth Degree)
  • Murder while committing or attempting criminal sexual conduct in the first or second degree with force or violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Felony indecent exposure
  • Possession or distribution of child pornography
  • False imprisonment of a minor
  • Soliciting a minor to engage in prostitution or sexual conduct

Additionally, someone entering Minnesota to reside, work or attend school is required to register if he or she was convicted of a similar crime in another state. These registration requirements include:

  • Address of primary and secondary residence(s), and any property owned, leased or rented in Minnesota
  • Employment address(es)
  • Year, make, model, license plate and color of all vehicles owned or regularly driven
  • Fingerprint card, photograph and signing certain consent forms

Prompt Action Is Critical

The effects of being charged with a sex crime can persist for many years. If you are charged with a sex crime in Minnesota, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Call 952-466-6718 or use my online contact form to discuss your rights and legal options.