South Carolina’s sex offender registry

People convicted of sexual crimes in South Carolina may be required to register as sex offenders and may face limits on where they can live.

After being arrested for and charged with a sex crime in South Carolina, it is understandable for people to be scared and unsure of what to expect. One thing that is important to do is to call Aaron & Aaron to learn how the defense process works. In preparation for meeting with a criminal defense attorney, doing a little homework can help people to develop a list of questions.

Learning about the state's sex offender registry program is one thing that defendants may want to do.

Will I have to move?

If a person is convicted of a sex crime that requires registration as a sexual offender, that defendant will be unable to live in certain places. The law states that sexual offenders cannot live within 1000 feet of playgrounds open to the public, park, daycare or child recreational facilities and schools.

In order to be considered a daycare, a facility must have a minimum of nine children in school-age ranges or a minimum of three children in the preschool age range onsite. A home at which students are homeschooled will not be considered a school for this purpose. Additionally, the living restriction does not apply to community colleges or universities.

What information must be provided in a sex offender registry?

If ordered to register as a sex offender, people should be prepared to provide a variety of information to law enforcement. This includes physical identifiers like fingerprints or DNA samples as well as general physical descriptions including height, eye color and more.

Demographic information such as date of birth will also be part of a registry. Offenders must list their residential and employment details and provide the number of their drivers' licenses or state identification cards.

What offenses may require registration as a sex offender?

There are many types of offenses that can require a person to register as a sex offender. Defendants should contact Aaron & Aaron to get details about their specific cases.

Some of the crimes that may lead to registration include first, second or third degree offenses of criminal sexual conduct. People accused of using specific substances to commit a sex offense may also be forced to register. Incest, kidnapping and voyeurism are also offenses that may lead to a sex offender registration requirement.

Is there hope for people forced to register for live?

The State reported that one man was able after several years to free himself of the lifelong sex offender registration requirement. When he was 17, he was convicted of a fondling and kissing a 13-year-old. In addition to spending time in jail and serving a probation sentence, he was forced to register as a sex offender. Eventually, the State Supreme Court ruled that he no longer had to participate in the registration.

The above case provides a good example of how working with an attorney can help people facing these serious offenses. The team at Aaron & Aaron are available to help South Carolina residents accused of sex crimes.