When someone accuses you of a sex crime, and the result is a conviction, many of the sentences will require that you register as a sex offender. Colorado’s sex offender registry will list you on a list accessible by the public. As such, your name on this registry can be detrimental to your life on a number of levels.
Here are some of the things you need to know about the sex offender registry.
How Does the Registry Impact Your Life?
Because the sex offender registry is accessible to the public, it significantly limits many of your employment and housing options, as well as future education opportunities. It’s public record, and you may not live within close vicinity to schools and parks or other places where children frequent. It can also be a part of the reason an employer may not hire you.
Laws require a large majority of sex offenders to update their information yearly. The most dangerous offenders, though, may have to re-register quarterly. If a sex offender moves into a new area, they must provide the county sheriff’s office with their name, online identities, registration status, address, date of birth, and more information.
Failure to register is an additional felony.
Is It Possible to Get Off the Registry?
Petition for removal from the registry is only available for specific crimes. For instance, a misdemeanor sex crime may allow offenders to petition for removal after 5 years. However, for felony sexual assault or sexually violent predators, the offender may never petition for removal.
At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., we know that it’s never easy to face a devastating conviction. It’s crucial to defend your rights, and our Denver sex crime attorneys are ready to help you. We put your case on our back, working to show your innocence and pursue the outcome you need moving forward.