Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Colorado

Most people can resume a normal life after a criminal conviction and put their run-in with the law behind them. For a sex offender, this may be nearly impossible because of laws that ensure that the offender–and the public–never forgets his transgressions. When you’re convicted of a sex crime, you will most likely be required to register as a sex offender in the state where you reside and will be bound by the terms of the registration or face harsh penalties. Registration usually involves restrictions on where you live and work, regular court appearances before a judge and informing the court when you have a change of address or employment.

Your interaction with children, including your own, may be limited or restricted. You may also have to inform your neighbors of your status. Sex offender registries may be publicly accessible depending on where you live, and you may have to be listed on one for as long as 10 years or even a lifetime depending on the degree of the sex crime for which you were convicted.

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA)

The standards for sex offender registration and notification in the United States are set by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), which is also Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. SORNA’s primary objective is to close the loopholes that existed under prior sex crime laws and strengthen the nationwide sex offender registration network. Under SORNA, sex offenders are required to provide extensive registration information, keep their registration current and make periodic appearances in person to update and verify their registration information.

What Constitutes a Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Failure to update or verify current registration information as required by law, or failure to notify the court of a change in residence or employment, can constitute a violation. Punishment varies from state to state, but you can face a stiff fine, be ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device or be sentenced to jail.

Colorado Law

A sex offender can be charged with failing to register as a sex offender when he does not register as required by law; he submits false or incomplete registration information; he fails to provide information or falsifies information provided to a probation or corrections officer, judge or magistrate; he fails to notify the courts of any changes in address or employment; or he fails to provide an email address or instant-messaging or chat-room identity if he has one.

Failure to register as a sex offender is a Class 6 felony if the offender has a felony unlawful sexual behavior conviction. A second or subsequent offense is a Class 5 felony. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor has a misdemeanor unlawful sexual behavior conviction. If you’re facing charges for violating sex offender registry laws in Colorado, you need the.  We have the experience handling cases of this nature and who will work diligently to try to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether if he can prove that your actions did not constitute a violation.