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Alabama Laws Regarding Registration
Who must register?
What information must registrants provide?
Section 15-20A-7 and A-8
How frequently must they register? And for how long?
Every three months; Section 15-20A-10f
Adults for life Section 15-20A-3
Some juveniles for life Section 15-20A-28
Does the state categorize registrants by levels/tiers?
Section III. Tiering of Offenses
Does the state use risk assessment when assigning tiers or levels to registrants?
There was in 2009,
but it was repealed in 2011
Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?
Yes; see this from 5th FAQ:
If the offense was a first conviction for Indecent Exposure or Sexual Misconduct, the offender will not appear on our site. An offender adjudicated as a juvenile (unless the juvenile was assessed as High Risk) or youthful offender (unless the youthful offender was over 18 at the time of the offense) is not posted on the website. If an adult sex offender was convicted out of state, in a federal or military court, or on an Indian Reservation, the individual will not be posted to the website until completion of a due process hearing in some cases.
Is there a registration fee?
Yes. Adults pay $10 quarterly per registering authority (county/city)
Code of Alabama §15-20A-22
Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision?
Section 15-20A-11 residency restrictions
Section 15-20A-13 employment
Section 15-20A-15 travel
Section 15-20A-16 contact w/ victim
Section 15-20A-17 loitering
Section 15-20A-18 identification
Section 15-20A-21 community notification
Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?
Section 15-20A-24; applicable only in “Romeo and Juliet” situations
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting the state?
Within 30 days
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who will be moving to the state to live or to attend school?
They must appear in person with local law enforcement immediately.
State Laws Regarding Sexual Offenses and Offenders, other than registration
What sexual offenses can people be convicted of, and what are the ranges of sentences?
238 page document with sex offenses scattered throughout; sentencing is grouped by class of felony – A, B, C, – or misdemeanors rather than type of crime
Does the state have lifetime supervision?
Does the state have indeterminate sentencing?
What are the state civil commitment laws?
What is the age of consent?
Age 16 Section 13A-6-70
Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?
Section 15-20A-24 and 43 - Victim over 13, no more than 4 yrs difference
Info for State Advocates
Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?
Almost none; a few can petition; sex offenses, no-moral turpitude: section 17-3-30.1
What does the state say about persons who are required to register?
Shelby County Sherriff
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
How does the state’s legislative process work?
How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?
Alabama bills can be found here:
Best keywords are:
Sex offender; sexual offense; sex offender registration
How to sign up for notifications of bill movement:
Lexis; create account
Lexis Nexis link
Once bill number is known
Most important legislative committees for our issues are:
Public Safety & Homeland Security
Education and Youth
Contact info for state legislators can be found at:
Click either house or senate and then click picture/name for contact info
Other Useful State Information
Contact information for state registry office
email form here:
NARSOL state affiliate website or blog:
No affiliate at present.
Other helpful state advocacy groups:
Reform Alabama blog
Sex Offender Resource
Other registrant-friendly state support groups:
Other helpful information
Extensive juvenile registration section: Section 15-20A-27 - Section 15-20A-35