Usually, failing to register as a sex offender is by law classified as a class D felony. Some of the laws can be rather strict, requiring people convicted of a sex crime to register in whatever state they move to or work in. Anyone who is charged with failing to register is advised to consult with a failure to register criminal attorney.
The United States requires sex felons to register to allow authorities to keep track of them and to provide information for the public about sex offenders. Many states have Web sites about who the sex offenders are, and people often choose their homes based on the low number of sex felons who live within a few miles of their home. In every state, sex offenders are required to register with the local police department or sheriff’s office. Some of the changes in the laws have been made as recently as July 2006, when the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act passed. The purpose of the law was to create a national system for the registration and supervision of sex offenders and offenders against children.
Convicted sex offenders who move or cross the state lines regularly can be prosecuted if they don’t update or change their registration. Some of these laws can seem harsh, and someone who’s been convicted of a sex crime could forget to register if he or she moves. However, even if the offender moves and forgets that he needed to register in that state, he could be prosecuted and face jail time plus time of supervised release. Some situations may get sticky, so it’s best to talk with a criminal defense lawyer.
Many state laws can be quite severe on people convicted of sex crimes, and keeping up with your registration can be hard. For example, one law forbids offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares, churches, swimming pools and bus stops. Also, homelessness is not an excuse for sex offenders there. Offenders who fear they may be in violation of a law are advised to talk with criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Failure to register as a sex offender can bring serious consequences, so it’s best to talk to a failure to register attorney in these cases. Unfortunately, the public often seems to already to look down on people charged with sex crimes, even though the law clearly states that everyone is to be considered innocent unless proven guilty. If you are facing charges with failing to register as a sex offender, call us to get a free and confidential consultation with a failure to register attorney.
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