Criminal Defense: Failure to Register As A Sex Offender
If you have been accused of failure to register as a sex offender, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
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Whether in the Denver area or anywhere in Colorado, failure to register as a sex offender generally occurs when a person who is legally obligated to register as a sex offender fails to do so with a local law enforcement agency, fails to provide complete registration information or provides false registration information.
Possible Consequences For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
Failure to register as a sex offender for an underlying misdemeanor sexual offense is a class 1 misdemeanor. Failure to register as a sex offender for an underlying felony sexual offense is a class 6 felony. A person who is convicted of felony failure to register as a sex offender may be sentenced to: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to 90 days, or up to a two-year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the Department of Corrections of one year to 18 months, but as much as three years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of three years.
Possible Defenses For Failure To Register As A Sex Offender
These cases typically stem from a person moving to another jurisdiction or state and not promptly registering with the local police or sheriff’s office within five days after establishing a residence. Many times we are able to get a person into compliance with the law and persuade the prosecutor to drop the charges for failure to register as a sex offender. However, this will depend on what a defendant has told the police officers when being initially questioned.
The remaining defenses that may be applied in a motor vehicle theft case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures based on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. Many other defenses are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, such as biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo lineups and inaccurate crime scene/accident reconstructions.
It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced lawyer to defend you in a failure to register as a sex offender case in Littleton or Jefferson County or across Colorado.