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Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

"Failure to register" is a specific crime that occurs when a convicted sex offender willfully refuses to register as a sex offender with a local law enforcement agency.

A sex crime conviction can lead to serious criminal penalties. If convicted, you could serve a substantial prison sentence, followed by probation and other consequences. In California, Megan's Law requires people convicted of specific sex crimes to register with a local agency before their probation ends, or they leave prison, jail, or a mental institution.

Violation of Megan's Law can lead to devastating criminal penalties. Depending on the specific circumstance surrounding an individual's conviction, he / she may be required to update the information in the online data base once a year, every 90 days, or even once a month.

Annual updates must be made within five days of the individual's birthday. Offenders must also update the registry every time they move.

What should I do if I'm charged with failure to register?

If you were charged with failure to register as a sex offender in California, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Rodriguez, Lewis & Kahn for the skilled legal guidance and defense that you need. We can help you avoid the unnecessary consequences of a failure to register conviction.

What happens if I don't register as a sex offender in California?

Failure to register is punishable by up to three years in prison. If your original conviction was a misdemeanor offense, failure to register is punishable by one year in jail. If the original conviction was a felony sex crime, you could face up to three years in a state prison for failing to update your registry.

What makes "failure to register" different than most crimes?

Failure to register is different than most crimes because it is not based on your actions; it is based on the fact that you did not take a specific action. This portion of the law doesn't convict a person for his / her actions, but because he / she failed to act.

A sex crime conviction will have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences. Not only will you face the social stigma of a "sexual predator," but you may have difficulty securing a job or finding a place to live. Additionally, you will probably face social ridicule and potential abuse.

Because of this, you may be hesitant to register as a sex offender. If you move, it may be tempting to not update your listing instead of contacting a local agency to notify them of your relocation. Unfortunately, the legal consequences of failing to register are just as burdensome.

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