Sex Offender Laws in Maine
The rules for sex offenders in Maine are laid down loud and clear. Let’s look at them.
A person who has been convicted of a crime which is sex-related will have to register with the Maine Sex Offender Registry usually for a minimum of 10 years. In some situations, the person will have to register for life. An offender who fails to register will have to face serious consequences.
A sex offender must register after being notified by a court of jurisdiction, the department, the bureau or law enforcement. A court must notify an offender at the time of his/her sentence of his/her duty to register.
What information does an offender need to furnish at the time of registration?
An offender needs to furnish the following information while signing up for the registry.
- Name as well as any aliases
- Social Security number
- A current photograph
- A physical description which includes sex, age, race, weight, height, hair color, eye color, scars as well as tattoos
- Residential address
- Telephone numbers
- Fingerprints, handprints as well as a DNA sample
- Name as well as a physical address of a place of employment or school if applicable
- Two different types of proof of residence. Ex – utility bills, driver’s license
- Description of vehicles driven by their license plate numbers
- All email addresses, online avatar names, online screen names as well as any other online identities which are used by the offender to communicate on the internet
- Passport as well as documents establishing immigration status
- Any treatments you might be going through or have gone through in the past. Mental as well as personality disorder treatments should be highlighted.
An offender must update their information if any of their circumstances change.
After completing or updating the form, the information will be posted on the internet by the State Bureau of Identification for the public to be able to access.
What is an offender’s responsibility to register after being told to register as a sex offender?
- People who have been convicted as well as sentenced for a crime which is sex-related must register. The court will tell the offender whether he/she must register as well as for how long. How long the offender will have to register for will depend on how serious the crime he/she has been convicted for is.
- Offenders should also know that they might be told to register any time after their conviction if the court later decides that you must register.
- After being told to register, an offender has five days to follow through. Offenders who are imprisoned don’t have to register until they have been released from prison.
- Offenders will need identity proof to register.
- Offenders also must tell the local law enforcement agencies where they live, work or go to the school that they are offenders. This has to be done within twenty-four hours of moving or starting new employment. Offenders who go to school must tell the campus police of their status.
- Relocation to a different state might require an offender to be fingerprinted in the offender’s new state of residence.
People who are facing charges would do well to hire an attorney who is experienced in sex-related crimes. An experienced attorney can significantly reduce a person’s charges. Don’t try to save money when it comes to an attorney as a lower paid attorney will be less experienced which might not do much to reduce your charges. Splurging for an experienced attorney can and will affect your situation. In this situation, money will get you results as well as potentially save you a lot of time.