Classification of Sex Offenders in Ohio.
We Represent Individuals Charged with Sex Offenses
A sex offense is a broad term used to categorize a variety of crimes related to sexual misconduct. In Ohio, numerous charges are considered sex offenses, and if convicted of one, you may be required to register as a sex offender. If you’re facing a charge for any type of sex offense, you need a legal team that will help you protect your rights. These crimes are often punished very harshly and even unfairly. Our team will ensure you get a fair sentence. We have years of experience in this area of law, so we know the best way to represent you. Reach out to us today to discuss your case, or to learn more about the punishments for these offenses in Ohio.
Who is Considered a Sex Offender in Ohio?
Any person who is convicted of a sex offense in the state of Ohio is considered a sex offender and must add their name to the sex offender registry. The requirements of your registration will depend upon the severity of the crime. There are numerous crimes in the state that are labeled as sex offenses, the lesser of which includes indecent exposure and the most serious of which includes rape or sexual abuse. If you are convicted of a sex offense, you will be required to follow the law and register as a sex offender and continue to update the registration for a specified number of years.
How Does Ohio Classify Sex Offenders?
Because some sex offenses are considered more serious than others, there is a system in place to classify these offenses from least severe to most severe. There are three tiers to the classification system, and each level has its own requirements for how offenders are required to register. Tier I includes the least-severe crimes, and Tier III includes the most-severe crimes or repeats offenders. The classification system allows the state to better monitor the living situations of prior offenders with the intent of keeping the broader community safe. Offenders in all three tiers are required to notify authorities of any change in address, place of employment, or school enrollment. The three different tiers include the following crimes and registration requirements:
- Tier I: Sex offenders who are convicted of crimes like importuning, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, voyeurism, and child pornography are considered Tier I offenders and must register every year for 15 years.
- Tier II: Sex offenders who are convicted of crimes such as pandering obscenity involving a minor, pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, child endangering, as well as repeat Tier I offenders are classified as Tier II and must register with the county sheriff’s office every 180 days for 25 years.
- Tier III: Sex offenders who have been convicted of crimes like rape, sexual battery, sexual assault, murder or aggravated murder with sexual motivation, as well as any repeat Tier II offenders, are classified as Tier III and must register with the sheriff every 90 days for life.
What Are My Rights as a Sex Offender?
As a registered sex offender, you still have rights that protect you. Though you may have restrictions on where you can live and work, depending on the severity of your conviction, you still have constitutional rights. The sex offender registry information cannot be used to retaliate against you, your family, or your employer. Even though the registry is public, you have protection if you feel you are being unfairly treated by those in the community. Please reach out to us if you think your rights are being violated.
How We Can Help if You’re Charged with a Sex Offense
If you are charged with a sex offense in Columbus, OH, you need an experienced sex crime attorney like Scott & Nolder Law Firm. Our team can help by defending you in court and ensuring you get a fair outcome. We are here to ensure that the laws are upheld and that your sentencing is just. We can also represent you if you are a registered sex offender and believe you are unfairly treated due to your registration status.
Choose to Work with Scott & Nolder Law Firm
You should choose to work with Scott & Nolder Law Firm because we have over 57 years of experience representing clients in a variety of cases. We have a proven track record of success with previous clients, helping them get the outcome they deserve. Our team uses a comprehensive and strategic approach to build the appropriate defense for your case, leaving no method unexplored. You don’t have to face this difficult time alone. We are here to help you and ensure your rights are protected. Please reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you or schedule a consultation where we’ll discuss your case.