Sex Offender Registration

Any person, who has been convicted of a sexual offense in the state of Ohio, may be required to register with Ohio's sex offender database. The sex offender database's purpose is to forward data to the Ohio Attorney General's office and notify surrounding communities if there is a sex offender in the area.

Hamilton County's Sexual Offender Unit is responsible for tracking registered sex offender who reside within 1,000 feet of a school. The Ohio General Office maintains an electric sex offender registration network (eSORN) registry. It provides information for the general public to increase community safety and awareness of any registered offenders in Ohio's neighborhoods.

Sex Offender Registration Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio

Are you currently facing a sex crime charge in the state of Ohio? It is possible that you may be required to be added into Ohio's sex offender registry. It is highly recommended that you contact a skilled criminal defense attorney to avoid the possible lifelong label as a sex offender.

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm are experienced in sexual offenses, with over 20 years of experience Ohio's legal system. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable about all procedures, steps, and your planned defense in the courtroom. Joslyn Law Firm strives for legal excellence and will do all that is possible to obtain favorable results for your case.

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Overview for Sex Offender Registration in Ohio


Ohio Sex Offender Categories in Hamilton County

The state of Ohio classifies sex offenders into two different categories. Each division is reliant on the type of sexual offense that was committed. The two types of sex offender categories include:

  • Sex Offender – If an individual was convicted or plead guilty to a criminal sexual offense.
  • Child-Victim Offender – If an individual was convicted or plead guilty to an offense against a child or children below the age of 18, without any sexual motivation.

Ohio's Sex Offender Registration Requirements

Once an offender is sorted as a sex offender or child-victim offender, they are then placed into tiers. Each tier is separated based on severity and the length of time the alleged offender is required to register. Child-victim offenders have their own separate tiers that classify them based on seriousness of the crime.

  • Tier 1
    • Tier 1 offender is required to register every 12 months over a period of 15 years. Tier 1 offenders are not forced to fulfill neighborhood or community requirements.
      • The types of convictions that fall under Tier 1 include:
        • Sexual imposition;
        • Child enticement with sexual motivation;
        • Illegal use of a minor in nudity-orient material or performance;
        • Pandering obscenity;
        • Voyeurism;
        • Gross sexual imposition;
        • Importuning;
        • Unlawful restraint with sexual motivation;
        • Menacing by stalking with sexual motivation; and
        • Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor that is nonconsensual with the offender being less than four years older than the victim and has no prior sexual offense convictions
  • Tier 2
    • An offender classified under Tier 2 is required to register every 180 days over a span of 25 years. Tier 2 offenders are not forced to fulfill neighborhood or community requirements.
      • The types of convictions that fall under Tier 2 include:
        • Kidnapping with sexual motivation;
        • Child endangering;
        • Gross sexual imposition with a victim under 13;
        • Compelling prostitution;
        • Pandering obscenity involving a minor;
        • Pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor with the alleged offender being at least four years older than the victim;
        • Illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance;
        • Any sexual offense that occurs after the offender has been confirmed as a Tier 1 offender.
  • Tier 3
    • Tier 3 offenders are required to register every 90 days for the rest of their live. Every time the alleged offender moves to a new neighborhood, the community will receive notification that the sexual offender is in their area. Specifically all residents who live within 1,000 feet of the offender's official address.
      • The types of convictions that fall under Tier 3 include:
        • Rape;
        • Sexual battery;
        • Murder and aggravated murder with sexual motivation;
        • Kidnapping of a minor not by a parent;
        • Felonious assault with sexual motivation;
        • Kidnapping of a minor to engage in sexual activity; and
        • Unlawful death or termination of pregnancy as a result of committing or attempting to commit a felony with sexual motivation.

How to Register with Ohio's Sex Offender Database

When a convicted sex offender is obligated to register with Ohio's sex offender database, they must send the appropriate authorities the following information:

  • Home address;
  • Work address;
  • Vehicle registration & license;
  • Email addresses;
  • Color photo;
  • School or University address in their area; and
  • Other identifying information

In Ohio, the registration of a sex offender must be made within three days of entering the county he or she plans to reside in. Additionally, an alleged offender must provide proper notification if they plan to travel away from their home for seven or more days.

An offender that is labeled under Tier 2 or Tier 3 will be included in Ohio's Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) online database. This is so the general public can look up their information online due to the severity of their crimes. Tier 1 offenders will only appear on this database if they have committed an eligible offense against a minor.


Additional Resources

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office: eSORN – Visit the official website for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, managed under Sheriff Jim Neil. See more information regarding eSORN registry, the purpose of eSORN among Ohio communities, and the ability to access eSORN to look up sexual offenders in your area.

Child Victim Oriented Offense Tiers – Visit the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, managed by Sheriff Robert S. Leahy. Read more on child-victim offenders, and how they differ from sex offenders under Ohio law. See the various tiers for child-victim offenders, and which crimes are associated with each tier.


Lawyer for Sex Offender Registration in Cincinnati, Ohio

Have you been accused or charged with a sexual offense in Ohio? A penalty of being convicted of a sex crime includes the possibility of registering with a sex offender database. Those entered in a sex offender registry may have to alert their communities that he or she is a sexual offender for years.

Fight for your freedoms today, call an attorney at Joslyn Law Firm. Our attorneys are experienced in all sorts of sexual offenses in the Ohio area. We are passionate about criminal defense and will aggressively defend you in the courtroom. Our attorneys are respected and notable in the legal community. Brian Joslyn, our managing attorney, was chosen as a top criminal lawyer in Columbus by Columbus CEO Magazine.

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This article was last updated August 20, 2018