Georgia Sex Offender Registry

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Author: Philip Kim, Founder, Philip Kim Law, P.C.

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Published on December 27, 2023.


Introduction to the Sex Offender Registry in Georgia

Are you or a loved one facing sex offense charges in Georgia? A conviction for a sex offense can lead to severe consequences, including mandatory registration on the sex offender registry.

Understanding the intricacies of sex offenses and when registration is obligatory is crucial. Facing a charge of a sex offense can be very burdensome and highly consequential. It will benefit you to hire a criminal defense attorney experienced in dealing with sex offense trials.

At Philip Kim Law, P.C., we are dedicated to guiding you through the complexities of sex offense laws, providing effective trial representation, and ensuring you comprehend the implications of the sex offender registry. Additionally, if you are a first offender, you may have options for mitigating penalties under the Georgia First Offender Act.

Understanding the Georgia Sex Offender Registry

Comprehending the sex offender registry is vital for legal and safety reasons. Failure to register as an offender, where mandated by law, can significantly impact your life. Therefore, gaining insight into the sex offender registry is crucial.

Georgia First Offender Act, as provided by OCGA § 42-1-12, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is the central repository for the violent sexual offender registry in Georgia. The bureau ensures the accuracy of the information in the Georgia sex offender registry. Within 72 hours after your release from prison, you have to register as a sex offender at the sheriff’s office sex offender registry.

Sex Offenses in Georgia

Sex offenses are vigorously prosecuted in Georgia and often result in incarceration. So, hiring a criminal defense attorney when facing a sexual offense investigation or criminal charge is beneficial.

Even though anyone convicted of a sexual offense in Georgia is often required to register as a sexual offender, certain sexual offenses require a mandatory sexual offender registration. These sexual offenses include the following:

  • Child molestation

  • Aggravated child molestation

  • Public indecency

  • Incest

  • Sex trafficking

  • Enticing a child for indecent purposes

  • Aggravated sexual battery

  • Sexual exploitation of children

  • Sexual battery

  • Rape

  • Aggravated sodomy

  • Statutory rape

  • Sodomy

  • Bestiality

  • Necrophilia

Classification of Sex Offenders

Sex offenders are classified into three levels:

Level 1 Sex Offenders: Any first-time sex offender has the status of a level 1 sex offender. They are deemed non-predatory and not threatening to the public.

Level 2 Sex Offenders: The status of level 2 sex offenders is given to convicted sex offenders who are deemed to be of moderate threat to the general public, indicating potential for another offense.

Level 3 Sex Offenders: Sex offenders to whom level 3 sex offender status applies are persons convicted and regarded as highly threatening to the public. They are deemed to have a strong possibility or potential of committing another crime. Level 3 sex offenders are usually required to wear monitoring devices for tracking.

How the Sex Offender Registration Operates


Convictions and Registration: If you are convicted of a misdemeanor sexual offense, you will not usually be required to register as a sex offender. However, if you are convicted of any of the sex crime that requires registration as a sex offender, you must register within 72 hours of your release from incarceration.

Required Information: Registration details include your name, Social Security number, race, age, date of birth, sex, height, weight, hair color, eye color, fingerprints, photograph, address, place of employment, name of employer, address of employer, the name of the crime for which you are registering, and the date you were released from prison.

Registration Process: Registration must be done in person at the county sheriff’s office. It cannot be done by proxy. Moving to a new address in another state requires updating your registration in the new county.

Renewal: Sex offenders must renew information with the county sheriff’s office within 72 hours of their birthday or, if homeless, after release from prison.

Qualification for Registration: For a sex offender to qualify for registration, the individual must either have been placed on probation, parole, or supervised release or released from prison after July 1, 1996.

Legal Implications of Sex Offender Registration

For Registered Individuals

Having your name on the sex offender registry is impactful on where you live, where you go, where you work, and your family. Another implication is that you must keep registering your name with the sheriffs of any county you reside in or relocate to.

Being a convicted and registered sex offender will also determine the status of your sex offense classification and its consequences.

For the General Public

The sex offender registry serves to alert the general public of sex offenders and aids law enforcement in monitoring individuals within communities, ensuring public safety.

It helps to safeguard the public from falling victim to registered sex offenders who reside in the community after serving their sentence in the county or those who migrated into the county after serving their sentence in a different county.

Seeking Removal From the Registry

You can have your name removed from the sex offender registry even after registration. There are stringent ways to go about such removal. You can apply to have your name removed from the offender registry if you meet the following criteria:

  • If you are a minimum of 10 years from the end of your sentence
  • If the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board has classified you as a Level 1 sex offender

Philip Kim Law, P.C. Can Help You

False accusations of sex offenses are not uncommon, and seeking legal representation is crucial to avoid wrongful convictions and false imprisonment. Being convicted of a sex crime can negatively impact your life, as the Georgia criminal justice system has zero tolerance for sexual offenders.

You should seek the guidance and assistance of a criminal defense attorney when you are charged with a sex crime, including pimping. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers at Philip Kim Law, P.C. can provide effective representation, analyze your case, and construct comprehensive defense strategies for sex offenses.

If you have served a sentence for a sex crime and are required to register, we can assist or guide you through the registration process.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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