Montana’s version of Megan’s law protects the residents of the state from the menace of sex offenders. The law ensures that sex offenders in the state register with the state’s Department of Justice. Montana’s sex offender’s law classifies sex offenders into 3 tiers;
This classification depends on the nature of the sex crime by the offender. The duration of registration also depends on the class of the offender:
Sex offenders in Montana must register with the state’s Justice Department within 10 days of release from a correction facility. Sex offenders on probation or parole must register within 3 days after sentencing by the department.
Persons convicted for sex crimes in another state but who wishes to attend school, work, or move to Montana must register within 3 days of entering the state. Verification of address depends on the classification of the offender:
The Montana Sex Offender Registry manages the information on sex offenders in the state. The registry works under the state’s department of justice. Information on sex offenders in Montana is available to residents through the registry’s website.
M.C.A. § 46-23-503 (WEST 2008)
(1) A sexual or violent offender who is released from the custody of the department of corrections must be informed in writing not less than 10 days before the release of the duty to register under this part by the official in charge of the place of confinement.
(2) Before the offender's release from custody, the official shall obtain and give to the department of justice and to the sheriff of the county in which the offender intends to reside or, if the offender intends to reside in a municipality, to the chief of police of the municipality:
Community Notification and Websites
M.C.A. § 46-23-508 (WEST 2008)
(b) A law enforcement agency shall release any offender registration information relevant to the public if the agency determines that a registered offender is a risk to the safety of the community and that disclosure of the registration information may protect the public and, at a minimum:
(3) A state or local law enforcement agency may use the internet to disseminate the information allowed by this section to the public.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
M.C.A. § 46-18-255 (WEST 2008)
(1) The sentencing judge may impose reasonable employment restrictions upon sexual or violent offenders to protect persons likely to be victims of further offenses by the offender.
(2) Persons convicted of sexual offenses involving a minor who has been designated as a level 3 offender are restricted from living in the proximity of a preschool, elementary or high school, licensed day-care center, church or park maintained by a city, town, or county.
M.C.A. § 46-23-506 (WEST 2008)
(2)(a) 10 years for violent offenders.
(2)(b) Life for:
Within 14 days of conviction, release from prison or supervision, coming into a county; 10 days of changing the address
Possible 5-year prison term and up to $10,000 fine
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