Sex Offender Registration
A California Sex Crime Conviction Could Haunt You For The Rest Of Your Life
If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, most likely you will have to register as a sex offender. Unfortunately, this sex offender registration will follow you for the rest of your life. It is therefore important to understand the California sex offender registration and what to do if you have been accused of a sex crime.
California was one of the first states to establish a registration for convicted sex offenders. There have been various changes to the law over the years, with significant modifications occurring in the 1990s. Sex offenders are now required to register more often and to provide additional information. This change was prompted by the enactment of California’s Megan’s Law.
The California sex offender registration is supposed to help law enforcement better track convicted sex offenders. After being released from jail, sex offenders have five business days to register in the jurisdiction in which they are located. If you are a convicted sex offender, you also have to register when your information, such as name or address, changes.
California law mandates that people convicted of certain types of sex crimes must register. For example, if you have been convicted of sexual battery, rape, child molestation or sex with a minor, you will probably have to register.
Based on Megan’s Law, sexual offenses have been classified into three different categories, known as “high-risk,” “serious” and “other.” A serious sexual offense would include sexual assault, rape, lewd act, child molestation, sodomy with a minor and sexual abuse of a child. You would be considered a high-risk offender if you have been convicted of numerous violent crimes.
There are defenses available for California sex crimes. Our attorneys at Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, know who to talk to and what to ask for to not only keep you out of jail but also help you avoid the sex offender registration requirement. Contact us today at 424-552-3901 for a free legal consultation. We defend clients throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County.