Prior Criminal Convictions

Prior criminal convictions are not required in order to civilly commit a person under this law. However, the standard of proof required for involuntary commitment under this law is a stringent one (clear and convincing evidence) and may be difficult to meet, absent the type of strong proof of prior harmful sexual conduct that a prior conviction would provide. Minn. Stat. §§ 253B.02, subd. 18c; 253B.18, subd. 1; and 253B.185.

CREDIT: The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders: Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws, written by Legislative Analyst Jeffrey Diebel.

This post is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Criminal and Civil Regulatory Laws Regarding Sex Offenders and Predatory Offenders.