Sex Offender Registration & Failure
Dallas Defense Attorneys Protecting Your Rights
One of the worst things about being charged with a sex crime is the possibility of having everything about you—your name, picture, address—on the online sex offender registry. This brands you as a "sex offender" with limited options on where you can live and work.
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we understand that you are concerned about your freedom, your family, your reputation, and, perhaps the most devastating blow of a sex crime conviction—mandatory sex offender registration. Attorney Chris Lewis fights with our firm’s considerable trial experience, investigative resources, and legal insight to challenge the evidence and charges against you.
For a free consultation, call (214) 301-5007 or contact us online.
About State and Federal Sex Offender Registration Laws
If convicted of certain sex crimes in Texas, you will be required to register with both the state and federal sex offender registries. A conviction could mean lifetime sex offender registration, depending on the circumstances.
Here's what you should know about sex offender registration and how it could affect your life.
- Registration with local law enforcement. This includes criminal history, probation information, physical characteristics, employment information, resident address, and other information. You must also provide updates when things change.
- Public accessibility. Not only can the public see your information online in the sex offender registry, but Texas has a community notification system alerting the public as to when a convicted offender has been released from prison.
- Duration of registration. It depends on the case, but registration may be required for a period of 10 years or for your lifetime.
- Failure to register. If you fail to register as required, you could face an additional felony charge and related consequences.
Who Is Required to Register as a Sex Offender?
Certain sex offense convictions will trigger mandatory sex offender registration. However, this requirement extends beyond individuals who are convicted by a jury of their peers. Individuals who plead guilty to certain sex offenses or receive a deferred adjudication will also be exposed to the registration requirement.
Some sex offenses that require sex offender registration include:
- Sexual assault/rape
- Indecency with a child
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Internet solicitation of a minor
- Child pornography (possession, distribution, promotion, production)
Free Consultation with a Sexual Assault Defense Lawyer
At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we have your best interests in mind. What does that mean? It means that we defend the person, not the charge, and we will do all we can to ensure your rights are protected.