In 2006, the U. S. legislature passed the Adam Walsh Act (AWA). One of the provisions of the AWA is the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act, or SORNA. SORNA tracks offenders convicted of sex offenses and provides for the publication of the individuals’ whereabouts, including juveniles in many states. It has been questioned whether including juveniles in this group offers any public safety benefits or exposes the youth to a substantialamount of harm. In other words, are the benefits to public safety gained by registering juvenile sex offenders outweighed by the detrimental effects and stigma attached to the juveniles themselves?
SORNA laws can vary from state to state and can be tricky. If you are facing a criminal case and the possibility of having to register, Michael Robertson will be glad to talk with you about it.