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.
Who Must Register as a Sex Offender in Texas?
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 with the intent of sexual abuse
- Unlawful restraint
- 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.
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.
The Sex Offender List is Public Record
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 another 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.
Accused of a Sex Crime? Call Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP Now
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.
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 sex crime lawyers for a free consultation at (214) 301-5007 to discuss the circumstances of the charges.
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