Penalties for Sex Offender Registration Violations Michigan
A person who willfully violates the sex offender registration act [SORA] faces potential prison time and other penalties, such as revocation of probation, parole or Holmes Youthful Trainee Act status. The penalties willfully violating the Sex Offender Registration Act are as follows:
- First Conviction: Up to 4 years in prison and a fine up to $2,000
- Second Conviction: Up to 7 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000
- Third Conviction: Up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
If you have a prior felony conviction in Michigan or any other state, you are subject to additional prison time due to the Michigan Habitual Offender statute. There are also misdemeanor violations within the SORA. The misdemeanor penalties range from 93 days in jail, up to one year in jail. An analysis of your case by a top Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer may lead to the charges being reduced to a simple misdemeanor, or dismissal of the charges.
Proven Success Defending SORA Charges
Hire an experienced Michigan sex offender registration lawyer to help you navigate the requirements to avoid prison – and keep your life on track. Our criminal defense lawyers have had SORA violations dismissed for clients in the past. As a skilled sexual assault lawyer, we investigate all the facts, we develop your defense and build a strategy to prove that a SORA violation did not occur, or that you experienced circumstances beyond your control that caused the violation.
Fragel Law Investigates the Sex Offender Registration Charges
Sex Offender Registration violations are often based on faulty bureaucratic reporting, or law enforcement oversights. Our Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyers diligently investigate your version of events. We are not afraid to subpoena law enforcement records, examine phone and location records, and interview corroborating witnesses. When finished, we present your defense intelligently and persuasively to obtain the best possible outcome, including dismissal of the charges or a “not guilty” verdict at trial.
It could take years to recover from a conviction for willfully violating the SORA, so contact Patrick S. Fragel, a seasoned Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer, and obtain the best defense possible.
Common SORA Violations in Michigan
As of October 2017 the Michigan State Police reports that the main causes of non-compliance with the SORA are:
- Reside, work, or loiter within 1,000 feet of a school
- Failure to register and pay the $50 registration fee and/or $50 annual fee
- Failure to change their address when they move or vacate a residence
- Failure to verify their address or update campus information
- Failure to sign a registration, notification, or verification form
- Failure to provide or update name, employment or vehicle information
- Failure to report email address and internet identifiers
- Failure to maintain a valid Michigan driver’s license or personal ID card
Our Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyers know that people who are registered sex offenders have a challenging time rebuilding their lives after a sex crime conviction. We work hard to prevent you from another setback by getting convicted for failing to comply with the SORA. We have represent people like yourself throughout Michigan for over 20 years. Check out our Client Reviews and give us a call.