Los Angeles Failure to Register Attorney
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Under California law, there are certain sex crime convictions which require regular registration as a sex offender with local law enforcement authorities. These crimes include lewd acts with a minor, rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, child molestation, child pornography, forced oral copulation, and a variety of other sexual offenses.
California Penal Code Section 290
Sex offender registration is an annual requirement and must be done within five days of every birthday. In addition, if you have moved, you must register your new address within five days of your move-in date. There are additional requirements if you are attending a public university or community college within the state of California. If you've been charged with failure to register as a sex offender, it is highly advisable that you seek the assistance of an experienced law firm.
Penalties for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
The consequences of failing to register as a sex offender (California Penal Code § 290.018) depend heavily on the type of the offense that required registration in the first place. If you were supposed to register because you have a misdemeanor conviction or juvenile adjudication and you intentionally fail to do so, you can be convicted of a misdemeanor offense and sentenced up to one year in county jail.
If you were supposed to register because you have a felony conviction or juvenile adjudication and you intentionally fail to do so, you can be convicted of a felony offense and sentenced to state prison for 16 months, 2 years or 3 years.
If you are granted probation, you still must serve a minimum of 90 days in county jail as part of your probation. Other circumstances that can affect the consequences include classification as a sexually violent predator or as a transient. Speaking with an attorney about the details of your specific case is critical to understanding the consequences you face and obtaining the most favorable outcome possible.
Legal Defense Against Failure to Register Charges
In order to obtain a conviction, the prosecutor must prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that you were previously convicted of a sex crime offense under Penal Code 290, that you lived in California, knew you were required to register, and that you intentionally failed to do so. All of these conditions must be proved in court for a conviction.
Contact a Failure to Register Lawyer in Los Angeles
The sex crime attorneys Eisner Gorin LLP will aggressively defend any and all charges against you. We are are well-versed in sex offender registration laws in California. We will fight for you and do everything in our power to get you the best possible results in your case, all while treating you with sensitivity and respect.
We understand that being required to register as a sex offender comes along with a variety of social issues like public humiliation, difficulties in obtaining gainful employment and housing and even sometimes the risk of physical or verbal assault within your community. Call an experienced sex crime defense attorney today to speak with one of our skilled failure to registration defense attorneys. We serve clients in the LA area and throughout the state of California.