Discontinue Registration as a Sex Offender in Colorado – CRS 16-22-113

After being accused and convicted of a sex crime in Denver, Jefferson, Douglas, Larimer, or Weld County, a person is required to Register as a Sex Offender (CRS 16-22-103) in Colorado. The sex offender registration was established so that the community could be aware of the location of sex offenders in neighborhoods like Highlands Ranch, Caste Rock, Westminster, and all along the Front Range.

Many Restrictions for Sex Offenders in Arapahoe and Adams County

This registration puts many restrictions on sex offenders in Arapahoe and Adams County. It limits the places a person may live, where they work, and even who they may talk to, including their own children. The length a person must register for depends on the crime. Indecent Exposure (CRS 18-7-302), for example, requires registration for five years after probation is over. Unlawful Sexual Contact (CRS 18-3-404) requires ten, Incest (CRS 18-6-302) can require twenty years of registration following the end of probation, and some sex crimes require registration for life. These periods of registration begin after the jurisdiction of the court ends, even though the registration requirement starts immediately following sentencing. Only after these time requirements are fulfilled can someone being the process of deregistration. A person must petition to Discontinue Registration as a Sex Offender (CRS 16-22-113).

You Must Discontinue Registration as a Sex Offender in Aurora, Colorado: Don't Just Stop!

Sex offenders on the registry in Aurora, Englewood, or Littleton cannot automatically stop registering because they have fulfilled the time requirements. If they do, they will be accused of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (CRS 18-3-412.5). A person must have their petition granted by a judge who can then end the mandatory registration, and only then can they stop registering.

Level of Offense

Number of Years before Petition may be Made

Class 1, 2, 3 Felony


Class 4, 5, 6 Felony


Class 1 Misdemeanor


All other Classes of Misdemeanor


Deferred judgment or sentence

After the sentence is completed successfully


After the sentence is completed successfully

Conviction of Failure to Register


The time guidelines are not fixed, but depend on many different factors and circumstances. You must consult a lawyer experienced in dealing with petitions for deregistration, or more criminal charges could arise. Failure to Register as a Sex Offender can be considered a felony and adds more time to an already lengthy sentence of registration.

Sex Offender Registration is complicated and difficult to understand, and people unfamiliar with the law can very easily make mistakes in trying to deregister. If you think you might be eligible to petition for Deregistration of a Sex Offender, be smart, and contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.