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Most of those who are required to register as a sex offender have their information easily accessible online. Meaning, with a few clicks of the keyboard and access to the internet, you can find where a person convicted of a sex offense lives and some other identifying information – making them vulnerable. A group has been taking advantage of that vulnerability. Apparently, people have been calling those on the registry and claiming there is a warrant for their arrest because they did not register correctly. The person explains that simply making a payment, they will take care of the warrant. People are paying because they are panicking, and these people are preying on their fears. Please know two things:
- A warrant for someone's arrest will NEVER be able to be quashed over the phone; and
- You can never pay to get rid of a criminal warrant for an arrest.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Definition in Douglas and Arapahoe County
In Arapahoe and Douglas County, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender – C.R.S. 18-3-412.5 – is charged when a person who is required to register does not register, provides false information on their registration, or omits information they are required to provide. Depending on the conviction, a person may be required to register annually on their birthday or quarterly- once every 3 months. Forgetting to register in the window (5 days before – 5 days after) will result in a Failure to Register as a Sex Offender charge. Also, lying on the forms, like not providing an alias name or using an address you are not actually living at will result in these charges.
Sentence for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Adams and Jefferson County
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender is charged as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the level of sex offense conviction from the original Jefferson or Adams County case. For example, if a person was convicted of felony Sexual Assault and they did not report on their registration date, then they would face a class 6 felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender charge. If the person had a misdemeanor Unlawful Sexual Contact conviction, then it would be a class 1 misdemeanor Failure to Register charge.