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Sex Offender Registration in California

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Under California law, any person living within the state who has been convicted of a California sex crime is required to register with the police of the city and/or county where they live in accordance with the Sex Offender Registration Act. Also known as “Megan’s Law,” this registry allows law enforcement and certain members of the public to identify people living near them with histories of illegal sexual behavior. Since sex offender registration can sometimes be permanent, registered sex offenders are oftentimes forced to undergo extreme social scrutiny and endure restrictive limitations on where they can live and work for the rest of their lives.

If you are facing sex offender registration in connection with an alleged sex crime, or if you have been charged with failing to register, contact the aggressive Fresno sex crime lawyers at Wapner Jones, PC today. Our hard-hitting advocates have more than 55 years of combined criminal defense experience and can provide the powerhouse advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation.

Our numerous awards and accomplishments speak for themselves:

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 listing
  • 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating for results and satisfaction
  • Proven history of case victories

Our team of powerful advocates are standing by. Call (559) 257-4707 today to discuss your case.

What Happens if I Fail to Register?

Registration as a sex offender has to be renewed every year within five working days of your birthday. Likewise, registration also has to be renewed any time you move to a new residence. Penalties for failure to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act can be harsh. Knowingly and willfully failing to register can result in fines and even jail time.

If the sex crime you were convicted of committing was a misdemeanor, failure to register will also be a misdemeanor and carry a maximum jail sentence of one year. If the conviction was for a felony, or if you have been convicted of failure to register before, you will face felony charges with a potential penalty of 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in prison.

Our team of advocates are intimately familiar with the most effective strategies and the most compelling arguments necessary to guard your rights and pursue a reduction or dismissal of your failure to register charge. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to employ the following methods in your defense:

  • You did not willfully fail to register
  • Your attempt to register was lost or otherwise not received
  • You were falsely accused of failing to register

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving the Entire Central Valley

With so much at stake, you cannot afford to leave anything to chance. At Wapner Jones P.C., we have the skills, knowledge and professional experience to guide you through the legal process from beginning to end. If you are required to register as a sex offender, or if you have questions about any other criminal charges, do not hesitate to contact us today. Fill out our online contact form or call (559) 257-4707 to schedule a free consultation.

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