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Georgia Laws Regarding Registration
Who must register?
O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12 (a)(9) (10) and (e)
What information must registrants provide?
O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12 (a)(16)
How frequently must they register? And for how long?
Sex offender once yearly O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12 (f)(4)
For life O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12 (f)(6)
Does the state categorize registrants by levels/tiers?
The Sexual Offender Registration Review Board is responsible for categorizing registrants into 3 levels based upon their perceived risk to reoffend.
Does the state use risk assessments for registrants (other than supervised release)?
The Sexual Offender Registration Review Board uses the STATIC-99R, STATIC-02R, and/or CPOR risk assessment tools when assigning a leveling classification.
ARTICLE 7: Risk Assessments
Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?
Not required to register: misdemeanors and those prosecuted in juvenile court O.C.G.A. §42-1-12(a)(9)(vii)©
Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision?
Fee. 42-1-12 (i)(14)
Residence, loitering, employment, photographing minor w/o parental consent
O.C.G.A. §42-1-15 – O.C.G.A. §42-1-18
Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?
Yes O.C.G.A. § 42-1-19
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting the state?
After 14 consecutive days or 30 days within a calendar year. O.C.G.A. ยง 42-1-12 (e)(7)
What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who will be moving to the state to live or to attend school?
Within 72 hours. O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12 (f)(2)
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?
O.C.G.A. TITLE 16 Chapter 6, Click ‘next’ to continue
https://advance.lexis.com/api/document/collection/statutes-legislation/id/5NYG-GJ00-004D-826F-00008-00?cite=O.C.G.A. TITLE 16 Chapter 6&context=1000516
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?
Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?
Misdemeanor rather than felony if actor under 19 and victim no more than 4 years younger. O.C.G.A. 16-6-3
https://advance.lexis.com/api/document/collection/statutes-legislation/id/5NYG-GJ00-004D-826J-00008-00?cite=O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3&context=1000516
Info for State Advocates
Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?
Yes, after you have completed your sentence including any community supervision. You are also eligible if you are serving a first offender sentence for a felony.
What does the state say about persons who are required to register?
How does the state’s legislative process work?
How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?
Best keywords are:
Sexual crime; sex offender registration; sex offender
How to sign up for notifications of bill movement:
Have to sign up and contribute:
Most important legislative committees for our issues are:
House: Judiciary Non-Civil
House: Juvenile justice
House: Public Safety and Homeland Security
Senate: Public safety
Contact info for state legislators can be found at:
To search for your legislator using your address:
For a full list:
Representatives - http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/HouseMembersList.aspx
Senate - http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/SenateMembersList.aspx
Other Useful State Information
Contact information for state registry office
NARSOL state affiliate website or blog:
Other helpful state advocacy groups:
Southern Center for Human Rights
https://www.schr.org/files/post/Update on Georgia Sex Offender Laws.pdf
Other registrant-friendly state support groups: