One of the most damaging and lifelong consequences of being convicted of a sex crime is mandatory registration as a sex offender for life. Long after your prison time has been served and you have paid your dues to society, you will still be required to register as a sex offender in your community. This alone can jeopardize your future, your career opportunities, and your relationships.
If you have been accused of committing a sex crime in the State of California, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately. Your Oakland sex crimes defense lawyer can build a solid and formidable defense against these serious charges and help protect your future.
California Penal Code 290 PC addresses sex offender registration in California and requires anyone who is convicted of the following crimes to register:
If the judge orders you to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life, you will be required by law to:
If you fail to register as a sex offender or you fail to comply with yearly registration or update law enforcement when you move, you will be convicted of failure to register as a sex offender.
The penalties for failing to register include:
In order to prove that you failed to register as a sex offender, the prosecution must prove that you knew of your duty to register and willfully did not register. If you were unaware of your requirements or if there is a language barrier, then your Oakland sex crimes lawyer can argue that your failure to register was not willful.
Call us at (510) 907-6600 for a free consultation and to start building a solid defense against these serious sex crime charges.