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What Crimes Require You to Register as a Sex Offender?

If you are convicted of a sex offense in the state of Kansas, depending on the nature of your crime you might be required to register as a sex offender. This means your information (including your address) will be placed into a database that the public can access, and your charges will appear in any background inquiries, including those performed by potential employers. However, not every offense requires registration, and what crimes do and do not have this requirement is fairly unclear. Let’s take a look at how the state of Kansas determines what crimes require sex offender registration.

Conviction Date

The first requirement for sex offender registration is that person in question be convicted of their crime on or after April 14, 1994. However, that date moves forward if the person in question is a juvenile who is adjudicated on or after July 1, 2002. For those who were convicted before this date and are unsure as to whether or not they should be registering as a sex offender, speak with an attorney to find out whether or not you should be required to do so—odds are if you have not been informed that you should be registering as an offender, you probably don’t have to.

The terms of these laws are fairly more complex than what can be stated here, however, so it’s strongly advised you let a Kansas City sex crimes attorney review your case to inform you whether or not you will be required to register as a sex offender.

Type of Crime

According to KSA 22-4902, a “sex offender” includes anyone who is convicted of a “sexually violent crime,” or has been determined to be a “sexually violent predator.” Essentially what this means is any form of crime that involves force will mandate registry. A good rule of thumb: if you’re facing felony charges, you’re probably going to be required to register as an offender.

You will be required to register as an offender if you are convicted of any of these charges:

  • Rape
  • Criminal sodomy
  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Aggravated incest
  • Unlawful sexual relations
  • Aggravated human trafficking (if committed for sexual gratification)
  • Kidnapping (if for the purposes of sexual gratification)
  • Attempting a sexually violent crime

You will be also required to register as a sex offender if you are involved in prostitution in any way, including soliciting a prostitute, offering prostitute services, or promoting prostitution (also known as “pimping and pandering”).

Offenses with Minors

If minors are involved with a sex offense, odds are you’re probably going to need to register as a sex offender if you’re convicted. However, even entirely consensual sexual acts with a minor can warrant criminal consequences. Kansas code 22-4902.4 states that the following crimes require registration when one of the parties involved is less than 18 years of age:

  • Adultery
  • Criminal sodomy
  • Promoting prostitution (when the promoter is over the age of 18)
  • Patronizing a prostitute (when the prostitute is under the age of 18)
  • Lewd and lascivious behavior
  • Sexual battery

Speak to an Attorney

Because so many of these charges require sex offender registration, it’s often confusing whether or not you will be required to register if you are convicted. A Kansas City sex crimes lawyer from Rokusek Stein Law, LLC can help you effectively fight back against your charges to preserve your rights, your freedoms, and your ability to stay off the sex offender registry.

Call Rokusek Stein Law, LLC today at (913) 583-0465 for a free consultation and let a member of our team work with you to fight back against your accusations!


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attorney rokusek is a mock trial instructor for the johnson county police academy and serves on the federal criminal justice academy (cja) panel for the district of kansas and on the federal attorney appointment list. she is also a master attorney in the earl e. o'connor american inn of court.

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