Minnesota’s Predatory Offender Registration law is sometimes also referred to as Sex Offender Registration.  Most but not all of the offenses of conviction listed in Minnesota’s Predatory Offender Registration law are sex offenses.  In addition, though most sex crime convictions (and those “arising out of the same set of circumstances”) trigger the registration requirement, there are rare exceptions (for the lowest level sex crimes).

The defense attorney can help the accused avoid an outcome that will result in having to register.

This law should be distinguished from Minnesota’s Community notification law which lays out a scheme for community notification for some offenders who have been committed to prison.  The registration law does not involve community notification, but is triggered by a conviction (not a prison commitment).

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The most unjust aspect of Minnesota’s Registration law is that it requires registration as a predatory offender for people who were charged with, but not convicted of a listed “predatory offense.”  In other words, you could be falsely accused a crime.  You are innocent-in-fact.  It was someone else’s mistake or malicious accusation.  You did nothing wrong even remotely related to the listed “predatory offenses.”  And yet — still — the Minnesota law requires you to register as a predatory offender or go to prison if you fail to do so.  Here is another law crying out for reform, to protect the innocent.

Minnesota Statutes Section 243.166, titled “REGISTRATION OF PREDATORY OFFENDERS,” requires affected people to register for at minimum ten years, up to life for some.  It applies to those convicted in Minnesota “or any offense from another state or any federal offense similar to the offenses described” in the statute.

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Minnesota
It is a felony to fail to Register as a Predatory Offender in Minnesota, when required to do so.  Prison time is possible under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines or the Mandatory Minimum Sentencing provisions of the statute.  As defense attorneys, if a client is found guilty of this offense, we will seek to help the client avoid prison and get probation instead.

Question?  Call Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Thomas C. Gallagher at (612) 333-1500.