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What rules will I have if I am on the sex offender registry?

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

While not every person convicted of a sex crime must register with the state, it is a good idea to understand the process if you face a crime of a sexual nature. 

In general, though, the Kentucky State Police explain that when your register, you must provide your accurate address, and if you move, you must update the address with the agency. You also must provide a recent photograph at least every two years. You may have other rules, depending on your conviction. 

Online activities 

If your conviction involved a minor, then you will not have the right to use electronic communications to talk with, contact or gather information about any minor. You also cannot photograph or film minors. This includes any child under the age of 18. You would need written consent from the child’s parent to do any of these activities. 

Where you live 

You may have certain areas in which you cannot live. You are unable to live closer than 1,000 feet to any establishment where children frequent, such as a daycare, school or playground. You also cannot visit or otherwise step onto the ground of a school of any type or a public playground. 

If you live somewhere and a new establishment opens that is one from which you must live 1,000 feet, then it is your responsibility to move. You will have 90 days to do so. 

Final note 

The court will let you know if you must register and give you information about any restrictions you may have as a result. These restrictions may not apply in every case because the law varies as to requirements for each type of sexual crime.