Kidnapping and the South Carolina Sex Offender Registry

In South Carolina there are generally two ways to be placed on the sex offender registry. One is to be convicted of an offense that requires registration. Examples would include lewd act on a minor or criminal sexual conduct. The other option is to be convicted of any other offense and have the Court make a special finding that registration is required.

Kidnapping in South Carolina works different than either one of these examples. One convicted of kidnapping in South Carolina, either by plea or after a trial, is placed on the registry by default. However unlike mandatory registration offenses the Court has the option of finding that the defendant does not have to register.

Frequently those being release of kidnapping offenses are surprised to find out from their supervision officer that they are required to register as a sex offender. If the original offense was not sexually motivated there is a way to obtain removal from the registry.

I am able to assist anyone placed on the sex offender registry for a kidnapping conviction anywhere in South Carolina. If this applies to your situation you are invited to contact my office at 1-888-301-6004.

Categories: Criminal Law & Policy

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