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How Long Does A Sex Crime Conviction Stay On A Person's Record

Generally speaking, a sex crime conviction will remain on your personal record for life. Most sex crimes are considered crimes of moral turpitude, which are much harder to remove from your criminal record. However, what is more important than whether or not the conviction remains on your record is how long you are listed on the sex offender registry in your state.

Sex Offender Status

Depending on the severity of your sex crime, the perpetrator may stay on the sex offender list the rest of your life. Misdemeanor or minor sex crimes may go away after ten to fifteen years, depending on your state. Most states have 2-3 tiers of sex crime severity. For instance, New York tier 1 offenders are removed after 20 years, while tier 2-3 offenders remain on the list for life. However, in South Dakota, tier I offenders are on the list for 10 years, tier II offenders are on it for 25 years, and tier III offenders are on the list for life.

Sex Crime Conviction Doesn't Go Away

Even if an individual is no longer listed on the sex offender registry, he may have to live with the consequences of those actions for the rest of his life. Sex crimes are often felonies, and convicted felons remain so forever. Placement on the sex offender registry simply means that the individual has to be in contact with police authorities on a regular basis and is barred from certain things like gun ownership or living in certain neighborhoods. Once the sex offender status is removed, he may be able to do these things without having to consult with the police. However, a background check will still indicate that the individual committed the crime, and it may bar him from certain employment opportunities. The severity and impact of a sex crime offense will be based on the perpetrator's perceived danger to the broader community. Consult with a sex crimes or criminal defense attorney for more information about a particular case and how long the perpetrator will remain classified as a sex offender.