Understanding California’s Sex Offender Registration Laws
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney
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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lawyer who truly cares about protecting your rights and freedom. We know
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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:
- Sexual battery
- Lewd acts with a minor
- Child pornography
- Forced sexual acts
- Indecent exposure
Registering as a sex offender can affect all areas of your life. Get the
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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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