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FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Failure to register as a sex offender is a very serious charge, and requires nothing less than an experienced and accomplished Colorado sex crimes attorney to defend against it.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, a person can be charged with failure to register as a sex offender if the individual is required to register as a sex offender and fails comply with any associated registration requirement. Specifically, if the individual:

  • Fails to register; or,
  • Submits a registration form containing false information or incomplete information; or,
  • Fails to provide information or knowingly provides false information to a probation department employee, a community corrections administrator, or a judge or magistrate when receiving notice of the duty to register; or,
  • Fails to provide notice of the address where the person intends to reside upon release from custody; or,
  • Fails to provide the person’s current name and any former names upon registration; or,
  • Fails to register with the local law enforcement agency in each jurisdiction in which the individual resides upon changing an address, establishing an additional residence, or legally changing names; or,
  • Fails to provide the person’s correct date of birth, to sit for or otherwise provide a current photograph or image, to provide a current set of fingerprints, or to provide the person’s correct address; or,
  • Fails to complete a cancellation of registration form and file the form with the local law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction in which the person will no longer reside; or,
  • Fails to register an e-mail address, instant-messaging identity, or chat room identity prior to using the address or identity if the person is required to register that information.

For this offense, certain affirmative defenses may be available.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, failure to register as a sex offender can be a class 5 felony, a class 6 felony, or a class 1 misdemeanor.

If you or someone you know is being charged with failure to register as a sex offender, it is important that you talk to a Colorado criminal attorney immediately. Contact a trial tested, result oriented Colorado criminal lawyer at Newell & Decker today to discuss the case.