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Sex Offender Registration

When a person is convicted of a sex crime in Ohio, repercussions are not limited to imprisonment and fines. State and federal law requires many offenders to register as sex offenders.

Ohio Revised Code § 2950.01(B)(1) defines a sex offender as “a person who is convicted of, pleads guilty to, has been convicted of, has pleaded guilty to, is adjudicated a delinquent child for committing, or has been adjudicated a delinquent child for committing any sexually oriented offense.”

Registering as a sex offender is not only creates substantial hardship when it comes to employment and housing opportunities, but failure to register can result in serious penalties.

Sex Offender Registration Lawyer in Dayton, OH

If you need legal assistance complying with sex offender registration requirements or you have been accused of any kind of failure to register, you should seek the help of experienced legal counsel. The Joslyn Law Firm represents clients in Dayton and the greater Montgomery County area, including Huber Heights, Kettering, and many surrounding communities.

Dayton sex offender registration attorney Brian Joslyn also handles cases in such nearby areas as Beavercreek and Fairborn in Greene County, Troy and Piqua in Miami County, and Springfield in Clark County. Call (937) 356-3969 right now to take advantage of a completely free initial consultation that will let our lawyers review your case.


Overview of Sex Offender Registration in Montgomery County


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Sex Offender Registration Requirements in Ohio

People classified as sex offenders must register with the sheriff or the sheriff's designee of the county they will reside, attend school in, or be employed in for three or more consecutive days or 14 days total in a calendar year within three days of arrival in that county.

Offenders also must provide written notice at least 20 days prior to any change of address.

People who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a sexually oriented offense or a child-victim oriented offense cannot establish a residence or occupy residential premises within 1,000 feet of any school premises, preschool, or child day-care center premises. When registering, a sex offender is required to provide all of the following information:

  • Name and any aliases;
  • Social security number;
  • Date of birth;
  • Fingerprints;
  • Photographs;
  • DNA specimen;
  • Registration information for all vehicles owned, registered to, or regularly operated by the offender;
  • Residence;
  • Employment;
  • Any school the offender is attending;
  • Any professional or occupational license, permit, or registration;
  • Email addresses;
  • Telephone numbers; and
  • All online or internet identifiers.

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Sex Offender Classification in Dayton

Not all sex offenders are subject to the same requirements. Certain offenders are required to register for longer periods of time than others.

Sex offender classification in Ohio is divided into three tiers, based on the crime for which the offender was convicted:

Tier I

Sexually oriented offenders and child-victim oriented offenders are required to verify addresses annually. Adults must register for 15 years and juveniles must register for 10 years because of any of the following convictions:

  • Importuning;
  • Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor (non-consensual and offenders less than four years older than victims);
  • Voyeurism;
  • Sexual Imposition;
  • Gross Sexual Imposition;
  • Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance;
  • Child Enticement with sexual motivation;
  • Pandering Obscenity;
  • Menacing by Stalking with sexual motivation;
  • Unlawful Restraint with sexual motivation;
  • Any attempt, complicity, or conspiracy to commit any of these offenses;
  • Child-victim offender not in Tier II or III; and
  • Any law from another jurisdiction that is comparable to these offenses shall fall within that same tier.

Tier II

Habitual sex offenders and habitual child-victim offenders are required to verify addresses every 180 days. Adults must register for 25 years and juveniles must register for 20 years because of any of the following convictions:

  • Compelling Prostitution;
  • Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor;
  • Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor;
  • Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-oriented Material or Performance;
  • Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor (when offender is at least four years older, or when the offender is less than four years older and has prior conviction);
  • Gross Sexual Imposition, victim under 13;
  • Child Endangering;
  • Kidnapping with sexual Motivation;
  • Kidnapping of minor to engage in sexual activity (victim over 18);
  • Abduction with sexual motivation;
  • Any sexual offense that occurs after the offender has been classified as a Tier I offender;
  • Any attempt, complicity, or conspiracy to commit any of these offenses;
  • Pre-Adam Walsh Act (AWA) habitual offenders, unless re-classified after hearing under Ohio Revised Code § 2950.031 or Ohio Revised Code § 2950.032; and
  • Any law from another jurisdiction that is comparable to these offenses shall fall within that same tier.

Tier III

Sexual predators and child victim predators are required to verify addresses every 90 days. All Tier III offenders must register for life because of any of the following convictions:

  • Rape;
  • Sexual Battery;
  • Aggravated Murder with sexual motivation;
  • Murder with sexual motivation;
  • Unlawful Death or termination of pregnancy as a result of committing or attempt to commit a felony with sexual motivation;
  • Kidnapping of minor to engage in sexual activity;
  • Kidnapping of minor, not by parent;
  • Gross Sexual Imposition, victim under 12;
  • Felonious Assault with sexual motivation;
  • Pre-AWA predators unless re-classified after hearing under Ohio Revised Code § 2950.031 or Ohio Revised Code § 2950.032;
  • Any sexual offense that occurs after the offender is classified as a Tier II or III offender;
  • Automatic classification after sexually violent predator specification;
  • Any attempt, complicity, or conspiracy to commit any of these offenses; and
  • Any law from another jurisdiction that is comparable to these offenses shall fall within that same tier.

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Ohio Resources for Sex Offender Registration

Sex Offenders | Montgomery County — The Prosecuting Attorney is the chief legal advisor and attorney for Montgomery County. You can learn more about how sex offender registration is handled in the county on this website. A link to the Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Registry allows you to search for sex offenders in a certain area.

Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office
301 West 3rd Street #500
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 225-5757

A Multi-State Recidivism Study Using Static-99R and Static-2002 Risk Scores and Tier Guidelines from the Adam Walsh Act — The United States Department of Justice released this report examining components of the nation’s sex offender tracking and monitoring systems in 2012. The report, submitted to the National Institute of Justice, compared the nationally recommended AWA classification tiers with actuarial risk assessment instruments in their respective abilities to identify high risk individuals and recidivists, evaluated the predictive accuracy of existing state risk assessment classification schemes, examined the distribution of risk assessment scores within and across tier categories as defined by the AWA, and examined the role of offender age in recidivism risk across the adult lifespan. Its findings indicated that “the current AWA classification scheme is likely to result in a system that is less effective in protecting the public than the classification systems currently implemented in the states studied.”


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Find a Lawyer for Sex Offender Registration in Dayton

Have you been recently required to register as a sex offender in Ohio or are you facing criminal charges for alleged failure to register? The Joslyn Law Firm provides legal assistance for clients who have been accused of various sex offenses in Dayton and surrounding communities in Montgomery County, Clark County, Miami County, and Greene County.

Brian Joslyn is an extremely experienced Dayton criminal defense attorney for Dayton, OH. Call Brian Josyln for a complete evaluation of your case by calling (937) 356-3969. Alternatively, you can submit an online form to set up a free, confidential consultation.


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