Perhaps no other area of the law is as emotional and gut-wrenching as sex offenses. Under Ohio law, sex offenses range from misdemeanors offenses of public indecency, to serious felony offenses of rape. There are serious penalties associated with a conviction to a sex offense, including mandatory minimum prison time to registering as a sex offender. Most sex offense are not eligible for sealing and expungment.

Sex offense under Ohio law include:

  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor
  • Gross sexual imposition
  • Sexual imposition
  • Importuning
  • Voyeurism
  • Public indency

In addition to incarceration and fines, certain sex offenses carry the burden of registering as a sex offender. The determination of whether a person must register as a sex offender depends on the specific offense. There are 3 different tiers of sex offender registry that determine (1) how long the offender must register with the government and (2) the specific requirements of registration.  

  • Tier 1 sex offenders must register every year for 15 years.
  • Tier 2 sex offenders must register every 180 days (6 months) for 25 years.
  • Tier 3 sex offenders must register every 90 days (3 months) for life.


Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.