Who Must Register as a Sex Offender in Texas?

If you are convicted of certain sex crimes in Texas, you may be required to register as a sex offender with the state. Under Texas law, having one or more of the following convictions or adjudications could mandate that you register:

  • Sexual assault
  • Possession or promotion of child pornography
  • Aggravated kidnapping with the intent of sexual abuse
  • Prohibited sexual conduct
  • Compelling prostitution

People who have been convicted of sex crimes in other states may also be required to register. The law dictates that you must register within seven days of the law enforcement opening the registration to you.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, you must register as a sex offender with the city or county law enforcement where you reside. As part of your registration, you will have to give the authorities your name, address, the crime for which you were convicted or adjudicated and a color photograph of yourself. The state requires that you keep your information updated. Failing to do so could result in a felony charge.

Keep in mind that once you enter the registry, you will be on a list that is made public. Local law enforcement and the state DPS maintain a list of all registered sex offenders. Further, as the DPS points out, if you are considered either a high-risk offender or a civilly committed violent predator and you move into a new community, DPS is permitted to mail each residence and business in your neighborhood to let them know.

The consequences of a sex crimes conviction are serious. Depending on the crime, you could be on the sex offender registry for 10 years or your entire life. Building a strong defense against such charges is key in preserving your freedom and your reputation.

While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.

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