Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
State v. Bryant
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Bryant, while in prison, was notified that after his release he was required to register as sex offender, which he acknowledged in writing. Bryant also acknowledged he was required to notify the county sheriff of any intention to relocate within ten days of the relocation. After his release from prison, Bryant proceeded to leave the state and move to North Carolina, living with a woman and her two young girls, and failed to notify the sheriff of the relocation. Bryant was arrested and charged with failing to register as a sex offender. Bryant argued that the requirement violated the 5th Amendment because it failed to give him sufficient notice that he was required to register as a sex offender. The trial court ruled in favor of the state but the appellate court reversed, holding the statute was Unconstitutional as applied to out of state sexual offenders.
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