Sex Offender Registration
Along with any judicially imposed sentence you receive if convicted of a sex offense in either Kansas or Missouri, you must consider the likelihood that you will be required to register as a sex offender – possibly for life. The registers are available to the public, meaning potential employers, business associates, even neighbors will be aware of your conviction if you are required to register. This alone should give you reason to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you if you are charged with a sex offense in Kansas or Missouri.
In the State of Kansas, the following people are required to register with the state registry:
- Any adult convicted of a crime set forth in KSA 22-4902.
- Any person who has been convicted or adjudicated in a federal, military, foreign, tribal or in another state court of a comparable crime that requires registration.
- Any juvenile adjudicated of a sexually violent crime. However, the Court may relieve a juvenile from registration requirements if it finds substantial and compelling reasons for doing so.
In Missouri, anyone who has been convicted of any offense listed under Missouri Revised Statute Chapter 566 if the victim was a minor must register. In addition, a conviction for many of the offenses listed in Chapter 566 also requires an offender to register even if the victim was not a minor.