Understanding California’s Sex Offender Registration Laws

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Like most other categories of crime, sex crimes carry serious penalties including jail time, fines, and probation. Unlike other convicted individuals, however, people convicted of sex crimes must register themselves as sex offenders on a public registry, and must regularly check in with law enforcement for the rest of your life. The effects of registering as a sex offender can impact all areas of your life, and can have a devastating impact on your ability to work, or even find a place to live.

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What Types of Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration?

Although the sex offender registry is designed to help law enforcement officers keep track of known sexual predators, you do not need to be guilty of an aggressive or violent crime to be forced to register. In fact, California judges may order registration for anyone convicted of any crime, as long as they have reason to believe that the crime was committed for sexual compulsion or gratification.

Some of the offenses that typically lead to sex offender registration include:

  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Lewd acts with a minor
  • Child pornography
  • Forced sexual acts
  • Indecent exposure

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What Kind of Information Will Be Made Public?

The amount of information that will be publicly accessible is dependent on your past history of sex crimes, as well as the severity of the offense that led to registration. While most registrants have at least some information available online, some others are not subject to public disclosure. Typically, the following information will be available to the public:

  • Your name
  • Your picture
  • Certain identifying information, including height/weight
  • The offenses you were convicted of that led to registration

However, for more serious offenses you may also be required to list your zip code, or even your full address. For these crimes, it is generally not possible to expunge your record or seek a certificate of rehabilitation to remove you from the registry – instead you will be required to register for the rest of your life.

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At The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, our experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney has an in-depth understanding of how sex offender registration can impact the rest of your life. When you retain our firm, you can count on dedicated, aggressive defense designed to clear your name and protect your future.

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