Can a Juvenile Be Put On the Sex Offender Registry?


One of the most serious penalties that can result after a sex crime is sex offender registration, because of the lasting effects that this record can have. In adult sex crime cases, many offenders are required to register as sex offenders after they are found guilty of an offense and registration can last a significant period of time. While the majority of juvenile offenders are not required to register as sex offenders, it is possible in serious cases if the juvenile is at least 14 years of age or older.

Michigan Juvenile Criminal Lawyer Defending Juvenile Offenders in Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Throughout Michigan

Contact Grabel & Associates now if you are under the age of 17 and facing sex crime accusations, or if your child has been accused of a sex offense in Michigan. Our juvenile defense attorneys understand criminal cases and will fight to protect you from the lasting effects of sex offender registration. While some may view a juvenile CSC, statutory rape, date rape, or sexual assault case as not serious, it is always critical to work with an attorney to avoid life-changing punishment, even if you know you are innocent. Our lawyers have extensive experience fighting for the rights of clients in counties throughout Michigan, and we are able to assist juvenile clients facing any of the following accusations and more:

  • Sexual Assault
  • CSC 1st Degree
  • CSC 2nd Degree
  • CSC 3rd Degree
  • CSC 4th Degree
  • Statutory Rape
  • Date Rape
  • Prostitution and Solicitation
  • Internet Sex Crimes
  • Sexting

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry in Michigan

In the state of Michigan, juveniles who have been found guilty of a sex offense are required to register in some situations. Sex offenses are categorized into three tiers based on severity, and individuals who classify as tier 3 offenders (the most serious classification) and who are at least 14 years of age may be required to register on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.

One exception deals with “Romeo and Juliet” cases, which involve an alleged victim between 13 and 15 and a defendant no more than 4 years older. In these cases and a few other rare exceptions, the court may decide to not require sex offender registration. Working with an attorney will help you properly utilize your legal rights and protect against sex offender registration along with the lasting penalties that could result.

What is Sex Offender Registration?

When a person is required to register as a sex offender, personal information such as his or her name, address, and details of the offense are stored in a public database. For juvenile offenders, this information is not released to the public until he or she becomes an adult, however offenders under the age of 17 may still be required to register.

Sex offender registration makes it difficult to live where you want, get a job, obtain a loan, receive scholarships and more, which is why it can be life changing. The Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry (PSOR) will require you to carry the negative stigma that follows sex offenders for years after other penalties and restitution have been completed.

The attorneys at Grabel & Associates have extensive experience fighting for juvenile rights throughout Michigan, and we understand the effects that sex offender registration could have on your future. Contact our team immediately for aggressive criminal defense representation throughout your case.

Our Approach to Michigan Juvenile Sex Crime Defense

It is critical to hire a lawyer who cares about your future, and who understands how certain legal choices could influence your case result. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates have worked in numerous sex crime and juvenile crime cases, and for over a decade, our firm has been an established force in the realm of criminal justice. Our Michigan defense team will work to investigate every detail of your case and build an individualized legal strategy centered around key details of your unique situation. We know how to uncover points of the prosecution’s case that we can challenge, and will aggressively fight to secure a beneficial case outcome no matter what the specifics of your case.

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