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Michigan Sex Offenders Tier Levels – What You Need To Know

The Michigan Sex Offender Registry divides each and every convicted offenders into three different levels or categories. These levels are called sex offender tiers – tier one, tier two and tier three. If you are not familiar with these tiers or levels, here’s a simple explanation of each and every level and why or how they are used for classifying sex offenders.

The tier classification all started after the Adam Walsh Act was enacted into law. This has become the standard for Michigan state police officers and authorities in classifying sexual offenses. Under this sex offender registration act, Michigan sexual offenses are classified based on the sex crime committed, the age of the people involved and the likability of the person committing the same type of sexual offense again.

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Michigan Sex Offender Registry Tier Levels Explained

Minor sexual offense falls into tier 1 while the worst or most serious sex crimes falls into tier three (according to sex offender registry act). To explain further, here’s a list that can give you an overview of what falls into tier 1 sex offender registry and what falls into tier 2 and tier 3.

Tier One:
Indecent exposure with self fondling in front of a child
Child pornography (and related cases)
Unlawful imprisonment or restraint of a minor
4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC 4th Degree)

Tier Two:
Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child for Immoral Purposes
Crime Against Nature or Sodomy, if the victim is younger than 18 but older than 13
2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC 2nd Degree)

Tier Three
Gross indecency against a victim under age 13
Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree
3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC Third Degree)

(This list is just a simple overview and it’s not exhaustive. For more information, you can all us for immediate assistance.)

Each and every tier requires different public sex offender registry registration periods. Sex offenders in Michigan are required by law to register their addresses a certain number of times at specific times of the year in the public sex offender registry. Their names are also required to stay on the Michigan sex offender registry or public sex offender registry for certain periods of time based on their category or assigned tiers. To explain further, see below:

Tier One

Residence and personal information verification (must be in-person) once a  year for 15 years to be listed at public sex offender registry.

Tier Two

Residence and personal information verification (must be in-person) twice a  year for 25 years.

Tier Three

Residence and personal information verification (must be in-person) 4 times a  year, lifetime.

Being classified as a sex offender is truly a life changing or altering situation. Your name might get listed at public sex offender registry for a long period of time unless you act on it. If you or someone you know is accused of a sex crime and is highly likely to be included on one of these tiers and get listed at public sex offender registry, better call a Michigan attorney that specializes in sex crimes and abuse immediately. Don’t let your name get listed in any of this tiers!

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