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||20|
|Class 4, 5, 6 Felony||10|
|Class 1 Misdemeanor||10|
|All other Classes of Misdemeanor||5|
|Deferred judgment or sentence||After the sentence is completed successfully|
|Adjudication||After the sentence is completed successfully|
|Conviction of Failure to Register||1|
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.