What Is The Mary Rippy Violent Crimes Offender Registration Act?

Mary Rippy Violent Crimes Offender Registration ActThe Mary Rippy Violent Crimes Offender Registration Act applies to individuals convicted of certain crimes on or after November 1, 2004. It applies to any person residing, working, or attending school in Oklahoma who is subsequently convicted of, or who receives a deferred judgment or suspended sentence for, any crime or attempted crime listed below by any court in Oklahoma, another state, the United States, a tribal court, or a military court. It also applies to any person who subsequently enters Oklahoma for purposes of residence, work, or to attend school and who has been previously convicted of or is subject to a deferred judgment, suspended sentence, probation, or parole from any court of another state, the United States, a tribal court, or a military court for any crime or attempted crime which, if committed or attempted in Oklahoma, would be a crime substantially similar to any of the crimes listed below. The following crimes and attempts to commit such crimes must be registered under the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act:

  1. First degree murder as provided for in 21 O.S. § 701.7;
  2. Second degree murder as provided for in 21 O.S. § 701.8;
  3. Manslaughter in the first degree as defined by 21 O.S. § 711;
  4. Shooting or discharging a firearm with intent to kill, use of a vehicle to facilitate the intentional discharge of a firearm, crossbow or other weapon, assault, battery, or assault and battery with a deadly weapon or by other means likely to produce death or great bodily harm, as provided for in 21 O.S. § 652;
  5. Assault with intent to kill as provided for in 21 O.S. § 653;
  6. Bombing as provided for in 21 O.S. § 1767.1;
  7. Abuse as specifically provided below; and
  8. Any crime or attempt to commit a crime constituting a substantially similar offense as above that was adjudicated by any court of another state, the United States, a tribal court, or a military court.

Qualifying crimes for “abuse” are Abuse, Neglect, or Financial Exploitation by Caretaker; Verbal Abuse by a Caretaker; Omission to Provide for a Child; Child Endangerment by Permitting Child Abuse; and Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, or Sexual Abuse of Child. When determining whether a crime involving abuse requires registration under this Act, the judge must determine whether the crime resulted in:

  1. physical pain, injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, unreasonable restraint or confinement, or mental anguish to the victim, or
  2. deprivation of nutrition, clothing, shelter, health care, or other care or services that caused serious physical or mental injury to the victim,

and whether the facts or nature of the offense warrant registration for public disclosure and protection of victims. Not every offense listed as a qualifying crime for abuse requires automatic registration under Mary Rippy, and no other offenses may be authorized for consideration for registration as a crime of abuse. A judge may not order any defendant to register under Mary Rippy if the defendant is required to register pursuant to any provision of the Oklahoma Sex Offenders Registration Act for the same offense. Upon the judge determining the defendant should register pursuant to Mary Rippy for a crime of abuse, the defendant must be ordered to register and to comply with all provisions of Mary Rippy Violent, including, but not limited to, the statutory term of registration.

For purposes of this Mary Rippy, “convicted of” means an adjudication of guilt by a court of competent jurisdiction whether upon a verdict or plea of guilty or nolo contendere.

How Do I Register As A Violent Offender If I Am Subject To Mary Rippy?

Any person who becomes subject to the provisions of the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act must register as follows:

  1. With the Department of Corrections within three business days after being convicted or receiving a deferred or suspended sentence, if you are not incarcerated, or within three business days after release from a correctional institution, including parole release, except as provided in the section outlining registration procedures for someone from out of state;
  2. With the local law enforcement authority having jurisdiction in the area where you reside or intend to reside for more than seven days. The registration is required within three days after entering the jurisdiction of the law enforcement authority; and
  3. With the Department of Corrections and the local law enforcement authority no less than three business days prior to abandoning or moving from the address of the previous registration.

The Department of Corrections will conduct address verification of each registered violent crime offender on an annual basis by mailing a nonforwardable verification form to the last-reported address of the offender. The offender must return the verification form in person to the local law enforcement authority of that jurisdiction within ten days after receipt of the form and may be photographed by the local law enforcement authority at that time. The local law enforcement authority must forward the form to the Department of Corrections within three days after receipt of the form. The verification form must be signed by the offender and state their current address. Failure to return the verification form constitutes a violation of the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act.

How Do I Register As A Violent Offender Under Mary Rippy If I Am From Out Of State?

If you enter Oklahoma and you’re subject to Mary Rippy, then you must register as follows:

  1. With the Department of Corrections when you enter and intend to be in Oklahoma for any purpose for 30 days or more, have any type of full-time or part-time employment (with or without compensation) for more than 14 days or an aggregate period exceeding 30 days within a calendar year, or are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student within Oklahoma. Such registration is required within three days after entering Oklahoma;
  2. With the local law enforcement authority having jurisdiction in the area where you intend to reside or to stay for more than seven days, have any type of full-time or part-time employment (with or without compensation) for more than 14 days or an aggregate period exceeding 30 days within a calendar year, or are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student within Oklahoma. The registration is required with local law enforcement within three days after entering the jurisdiction of the local law enforcement authority; and
  3. With the Department of Corrections and the local law enforcement authority no less than three business days prior to abandoning or moving from the address of the previous registration.

How Long Do I Have To Register As A Violent Offender For?

You must be continuously registered during the term of the sentence and for a period of ten years after the date of the completion of the sentence. “Date of the completion of the sentence” means the day an offender completes the entire term of the incarceration imposed by the sentence including any term that is deferred, suspended, or subject to parole.

Who Is Considered A Habitual Violent Crime Offender?

You will be designated a “habitual” violent crime offender if you have been convicted of or received a deferred or suspended sentence for any crime required to register pursuant to Mary Rippy and you:

  1. Are subsequently convicted of a crime or attempt to commit a crime requiring registration under Mary Rippy; or
  2. Entered Oklahoma after November 1, 2004 and have been convicted of an additional crime or attempted crime which, if committed or attempted in Oklahoma, would be a crime or an attempt to commit a crime requiring registration under Mary Rippy.

If you are deemed a habitual violent crime offender, then you are required to register for your lifetime. Address verification by the Department of Corrections will be conducted every 90 days.

What Happens If I Violate Mary Rippy?

A violation of Mary Rippy is a felony. The maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is five years. The maximum fine is $5,000.

Sources: 57 O.S. § 593, 57 O.S. § 594, 57 O.S. § 595, & 57 O.S. § 599

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