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Sex Offender Registration

Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyer

California law (Penal Code section 290) requires you to register as a sex offender if you have been convicted of one of the offenses listed under Penal Code section 290(c). Most sex offenses do qualify as registrable offenses. A list of all of the offenses that require registration can be found on the Megan's Law website.

Additionally, even if you are convicted of an offense not on the list, a court can still order you to register upon a finding that you were sexually motivated to commit an offense (Penal Code section 290.006.)

Legal Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

One of the main consequences that accompany having to register as a sex offender is having your information posted online. How much information is posted depends on what offense you were convicted of. Some offenses fall under the home address category (Penal Code section 290.46(b)); sometimes offenses when coupled with another offense fall under the home address category (Penal Code section 290.46(c)); and some offenses fall under the zip code category, so that your exact address is not posted but your zip code is (Penal Code section 290.46(d)). There are also some offenses that will not necessarily require your information to be posted online, and there are other offenses for which you can apply to not have your information posted online.

There are also registration laws that apply if you have been convicted of a sex offense in another state and are moving to California. If you are required to register and don’t, you can be convicted of a felony if your underlying sex offense was a felony or a misdemeanor if your underlying sex offense was a misdemeanor. (Penal Code section 290.018.) If you have failed to register more than once, then you can be convicted of a felony even if your underlying sex offense was a misdemeanor. (Penal Code section 290.018.)

Removal From Sex Offender Registration

It is difficult, although not impossible, to have yourself removed from the sex offender registration list in certain circumstances. There are certain underlying offenses for which if you receive a certificate of rehabilitation, you may no longer have to register as a sex offender. (Penal Code section 290.5). If you were convicted of an offense for which a certificate of rehabilitation is not sufficient to get you off of the list, then the only way to get off the list is through a pardon from the governor.

Contact a Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyer

Given the damaging impact that having to register as a sex offender can have, it is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney as soon as you are aware of an investigation or charges against you that involve a sex offense. If you have already been convicted, it is recommended that you speak to your attorney about any available options either to minimize the impact of sex registration on your life or to relieve you of the duty to register as an offender.