Offenses That Require Sex Offender Registration in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program is a law intended to protect the public from sex offenders, requiring both adult and juvenile sex offenders to register with either the local law enforcement of their city or county if they do not reside in a city. They must provide up to date information, including their full name and address, a color photograph, and the offense for which they were convicted or adjudicated. Should any of the information they provide change, sex offenders are required to notify local law enforcement to ensure the accuracy of the registration information. Failure to comply with any of these requirements may lead to felony prosecution.
In the state of Texas, a “reportable conviction or adjudication” applies to several different offenses, which all require the offender to end up on the Texas Sex Offender Registration. These offenses include, but are not limited to, the continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children, indecency with a child, sexual assault, sexual performance by a child, compelling prostitution, possession or promotion of child pornography, aggravated kidnapping in cases where the actor committed the offense with intent to violate or abuse the victim sexually, unlawful restraint, and indecent exposure.
In addition to these offenses, other persons who are required to register are those for whom registration is a condition of parole or a condition of community supervision, and those for whom the law is retroactively applicable.
However, local law enforcement may utilize the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry how they see fit in accordance with state law, which permits them to publish some sex offenders in a newspaper, circular, or other periodical for the community where the sex offender resides. For high risk offenders or a civilly committed sexually violent predator, the Texas Department of Public Safety will mail out notifications to every residence and business in the community with information pertaining to the offender.
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we are ready to help if you or a family member has been charged with sexual assault or any other sex crime. Contact our Dallas law office for a free consultation at 214-301-5007 to discuss the circumstances of the charges.