The answer to this question will depend on what specific sex crime you were convicted of. Also, some crimes require mandatory registration, while other crimes are discretionary and a judge can determine whether or not you will need to register.
In Ventura County, anyone convicted of a sex crime could possibly register as a sex offender under Penal Code section 290. For example, committing a lewd and lascivious act on a minor is a serious crime is a violation of Penal Code section 288(a), which provides for mandatory registration. On the other hand, Penal Code 261.5, sexual intercourse with a minor does not carry with it mandatory registration; however, a judge in his or her discretion can order the convicted person to register as a sex offender. Once a person registers as a sex offender, they will be placed on an online database pursuant to Megan’s Law. Accordingly, any individual living in Ventura County can search for individuals who have committed a sex crime and are registered sex offenders. If a person is required to register a sex offender then that person will have to register for the rest of their life. Therefore, it is important to hire an experienced Ventura sex crimes attorney to prevent an individual from having to register as a sex offender.
If you or a loved one is facing a sex crime, contact our Ventura sex crime attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. Wallin & Klarich will help protect your rights and find the best defense strategy for your case. For over 30 years, our attorneys have been helping clients stay away from lifetime registration and helping clients get probation or community service in lieu of jail time. Please call us at (888) 280-6839 or visit our website at www.wklaw.com. We will be there when you call.