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Back to Prison for a Simple Mistake: Harsh Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Laws

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Nov 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sex offender laws are difficult to abide by in Colorado. Read more in our blog.
If you have been convicted in Denver, Adams or Jefferson County in the past for an unlawful sex offense such as Sexual Assault – C.R.S. 18-3-402, Incest – C.R.S. 18-3-6-301 or Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child – C.R.S. 18-3-405.4, criminal defense lawyers will advise you that you are required to adhere to the extremely restrictive (and sometimes unconstitutional) Sex Offender Registration laws.

Required to Register the Following:

Wherever you live, whether it is in Douglas, Arapahoe or Larimer County, if you are a convicted sex offender, your attorney will have to register with the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which you reside. How often you are required to register is determined by the sex offense you committed, but it is either quarterly or annually, and after every change in your information (such as a move, the purchase of a new car, or a new phone number you received). Here are examples of things you will be required to register:

  • Complete list of names you have used (such as aliases)
  • Social networking account information, such as your name, account name, or screen name
  • Information about your car
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Chat room sites you frequent, and the name you use

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

There is an overwhelming amount of information you are required to register – it is easy to fall short of the law while trying to comply. Whether you forgot about that social networking account you set up long ago, or simply not knowing that you have to deregister in the area you moved from as well as register in a new area when you move. If you provide inaccurate information, do not register in a timely manner, or fail to register the address where you are planning to live after your release from jail or the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC), you will be charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – C.R.S. 18-3-412.5 in Denver, Aurora or Highlands Ranch.

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

There are far too many rules for sex offender registration in Colorado. It is impossible to keep track of the law, but judges, District Attorneys and law enforcement agencies are quick to condemn a sex offender who failed to live up to their high standards. The sentence for Failure to Register depends on your original conviction – but you could be looking at going back to jail or DOC, and / or returning to sex offender treatment as overseen by the strict Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB). If you have been charged with Failure to Register it is vital that you work with an experienced criminal lawyer who can help you sort through the complex criminal law relating to sex offenders. Your future and rights are at stake.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Routt, Denver or Jefferson County, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880, or submit the “Get Help Now” form. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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