If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you above everyone else know why you wouldn’t want to register as a sex offender. The isolation, ridicule, difficulty in getting housing and employment, and possible physical abuse are just some of the reasons you may not want to register.
But the laws behind registering as a sex offender are some of the most extensive, with failing to register as a sex offender having incredibly harsh penalties. To be convicted of this offense, it must be proven that:
- You were convicted of a California sex crime,
- You resided in California,
- You knew you had to register, and
- You knowingly and willingly failed to do so.
If convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, you face up to three years in prison, depending on the results of your previous court case. And, as failing to register as a sex offender falls under California’s Three Strike’s Law, if you are convicted of failing to register three times, you face 25 years to life in prison.
With such stringent laws, you need a good San Diego criminal defense attorney on your side. Bradley R. Corbett knows the kind of defense that needs to be built to make sure a good case is presented on your behalf. For example, you may not have known you needed to register, you tried to register but it wasn’t processed, or you were falsely accused. Whatever your situation may be, rest assured that Bradley R. Corbett and our team will fight for you. Call or visit our offices today for a free case consultation.