Failure to Register as a Sex Offender: What It Could Mean For You
Texas utilizes mandatory sex offender registration to help prevent convicted sex offenders from committing more crimes. Registration also aids police in monitoring convicted offenders and keeping track of their address and place of employment. A person who has been convicted of a sex offense is usually ordered to register as a sex offender upon their release from jail. Registration lengths can vary from 10 years to a person’s entire life. In this blog, we talk about the consequences of failing to register as a sex offender.
What Is Considered Failure to Register?
A sex offender who is released from jail or prison has to immediately register upon their release. If the person is being given probation, they must register within 72 hours of when the probation order is set into place. In Texas, it is a felony to not comply with any part of a sex offender registration order. The following are examples of failing to register:
- Refusing to show up to complete the registration process
- Providing inaccurate or incomplete information during registration
- Failing to attend mandatory appointments with a supervision officer
To avoid felony charges, a convicted offender has to comply with all aspects of their registration order. This includes regularly updating their information when it changes.
What Are the Penalties for Failing to Register?
The legal consequences of failing to comply with a registration order can be very harsh. Penalties for not registering as a sex offender include:
- Your Probation Order Can Be Revoked
- A $10,000 Fine
- 2 to 20 Years in Texas State Prison
The penalties for not registering can also be enhanced in some cases. This means that sex offenders who fail to register or provide false information in their registry can face a first degree felony charge that can be punishable by life in prison.
Registering as a sex offender is a very serious matter that should not be taken lightly. This is why it is important to consult with an attorney before registering. A slight error when registering can have significant consequences that can impact your life and livelihood.
Do you need help registering as a sex offender? Contact our Dallas team of sex crimes attorneys to learn how we can assist you today.