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Who is Required to Register as a Sex Offender in Georgia?

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Being convicted of sex crimes can mean that a person will be forced to register as a sex offender. The type of crime, and severity of the conviction, can make all the difference when it comes to being labeled as a sex offender.

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What is a Sex Offender?

A sex offender is someone who has been found guilty of a crime that involved a juvenile or was a dangerous sexual offense. Those offenses can include:

  • Rape;
  • Sexual battery;
  • Child molestation;
  • Sex with or exploitation of minors; and,
  • Child pornography.

If someone is deemed a sex offender, it does not matter what state the offense happened in — the sex offender will be required to register their home, work, and other personal information for a certain amount of time.

Who Is Required to Register?

In Georgia, people who are required to register as a sex offender include:

  • Those who were found guilty of a dangerous sexual offense on or after July 1, 1996;
  • Those who were previously found guilty of a criminal offense involving a minor and now may be on parole or probation on or after July 1, 1996;
  • Those who were previously convicted of a sexually violent or dangerous offense and placed on parole or probation on or after July 1, 1996;
  • Those who are either Georgia residents and were convicted in the state or a non-resident who is moving to Georgia and is required to register by law.

Who Does Not Have to Register?

Those who are convicted of misdemeanor offenses or were charged in juvenile court usually do not have to register on the sex offender registry.

How Long Does Someone Stay on the Registry?

Depending on their conviction and in the state the crime happened in determines how long someone stays on the sex offender registry. The amount of time on the registry varies state by state; however, even if someone has essentially completed their required sentence of being on the registry, information can be found well after someone is technically off the registry as details are published online.

The national sex offender registry website can be found here.

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