Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Los Angeles
Anyone can make a mistake, but when unfortunate circumstances result in violating California’s laws on registering as a sex offender, your life may be turned upside down. A conviction for failure to register as a sex offender may lead to jail time, hefty fines, and probation.
Proving the Crime of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender:A prosecutor must establish all elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. The elements include:
You were convicted of a sex crime that requires you to register;
You live, work, or attend school in California;
You knew you had a legal obligation to comply with registration requirements; and,
You willfully, intentionally failed to register or update your registration according to California law.
Criminal Penalties:If you're convicted of failure to register, the penalties depend on the circumstances of the underlying crime:
If the offense was a misdemeanor, your sentence may be one year incarceration; and,
If the crime was a felony, you may be sentenced to 16 to 36 months in state prison.