- SORA Differences between Adult and Juvenile Clients. MCL 769.1(1)(a) provides that if a juvenile is convicted of first degree criminal sexual conduct, the juvenile must be sentenced as an adult. MCL 769.1(1)(a) does not apply to criminal sexual conduct in the second, third of fourth degree; a juvenile convicted of one of these offenses, will be sentenced as a juvenile.
The biggest difference between an adult and juvenile client are the requirements to register as a sex offender. As of July 1, 2011, juveniles who have already been adjudicated of a sexual offense or who are facing sexual offense charges may not need to register as a sex offender.
A juvenile who was under the age of 14 years old at the time off the offense no longer needs to register as a sex offender. Similarly, any juvenile regardless of age, no longer needs to register if they are classified as a tier I or tier II sex offender.
There are two situations where a juvenile would need to register:
- The juvenile receives an order or disposition in Michigan, which is open to the public, the juvenile was at least 14 years old at the time of the offense, and the offense would classify the juvenile as a tier III offender.
- The juvenile receives an order of disposition or other adjudication in another state, the juvenile was at least 14 years old at the time of the offense, and the offense would classify the juvenile as a tier III offender.
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