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What Does it Mean to Be a Registered Sex Offender?

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose sex crime lawyer, sex offenses, sex crime,  sexually violent predator, registered sex offenderCalifornia’s Sex Offender Registry, nicknamed “Megan’s Law”, is a public registry that criminal offenders who have been convicted of certain sex offenses in California are required to register with. According to the attorney general’s website, the CA Sex Offender Registry operates in order to provide the law enforcement community and the general public with up to date information about local sex offenders. Currently, there are over 120,000 registered sex offenders in California. But who is required to register? And how does being a registered sex offender impact someone’s life? Read on to find out.

Who is Required to Register?

Under section 290 of the California Penal Code, individuals convicted of certain sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders with the local authorities within five working days of being released from jail, prison, a mental hospital, or on probation. Anyone required to register as a sex offender in California will be notified in writing of his or her duty to do so. Offenses which require violators to register include most acts involving the following:

  • Rape,
  • Sexual battery,
  • Lewd acts with a minor,
  • Pimping and pandering with a minor,
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a minor,
  • Incest,
  • Forced oral copulation, sodomy, or penetration with a foreign object, or
  • Indecent exposure.

It should be noted that the list of sex offenses provided above is not exhaustive and that a judge can legally order you to register as a sex offender for any offense, even one not listed on the Sex Offender Registration Act, if the judge determines that you acted out of sexual compulsion or for sexual gratification.

The Impact of Being a Registered Sex Offender

Being a registered sex offender can negatively impact your life for years or even decades to come. Not only are registered offenders legally required to update their information each year but they are also required to notify the police every time they move residences or become transient.

Additionally, some registrants are required to update their information even more frequently (for example, someone who is deemed to be a sexually violent predator may be required to update their information every 90 days).

Also, being a registered sex offender frequently also carries a significant social stigma. Registered offenders often experience being shunned by friends, family, and neighbors, have difficulty getting jobs, and have a harder time being admitted to schools and accreditation programs.

Need Legal Advice? Contact a San Jose Sex Crime Attorney

If you have been accused of committing a sex crime in California, be sure to consult with a passionate San Jose sex crime lawyer straight away. Even if you are innocent it is critical that you take such an accusation extremely seriously and discuss your legal options with a local criminal defense attorney. At Jachimowicz Law Group we offer a free face-to-face initial consultation to new clients during which one of our experienced lawyers will review the facts of your case and offer practice legal guidance given your current situation.








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