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Being a registered sex offender can have devastating consequences to your chances of living a truly meaningful life. Since its enactment in 1947, California Penal Code 290 requires convicted sex offenders to register as a sex offender with the state for life. Every month our law firm Wallin & Klarich receives many calls from PC 290 registrants in desperate need of our help. In many cases, these are people who…

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Halloween and Operation Boo: What’cha Gonna Do When They Come for You?

Like Halloween itself, it has become an annual tradition with law enforcement in California to spend the evening of Oct. 31 knocking on doors of registered sex offenders on parole to verify their compliance with a statewide-ordered lockdown known as “Operation Boo.” Operation Boo is a coordinated effort between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and local law enforcement agencies to attempt to ensure that known convicted sex…

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Is Rape Considered a Violent Crime? (PC 261)

Most everyone understands that rape is a serious criminal offense, but many people do not know whether a rape conviction could lead to a strike being added to your criminal record under California’s Three Strikes law. You will receive a strike on your criminal record in California if you are convicted of a “serious or violent” crime. So, is the crime of rape under PC 261 considered a violent crime?…

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Do I Have to Register As a Sex Offender for a Crime Committed Outside of California? (PC 290)

If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender under California Penal Code Section 290. But what happens if you were convicted of a sex crime in another state and you want to move to California? Are you required to register as a sex offender? Would the Crime Require Sex Offender Registration in California? Under PC 290, several…

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Does the Sex Offender Registry Put Offenders in Danger?

California law gives everyone the ability to find out whether a sex offender lives in your neighborhood and what exactly that sex offender was convicted of. It’s viewed as a vital tool for local communities to maintain safety and peace of mind. But some people think simply having your name on the registry is not enough, and they attempt to deliver their own form of justice. This scenario has played…

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Harassment of Registered Sex Offenders

California has required the registration of convicted sex offenders with local law enforcement agencies since 1947, but it was not until 1995 that the registration list became publicly available. In the 20 years since, registered sex offenders, regardless of the crime that put them on the list, have found that public access to their personal information has left them open to a new form of lifetime punishment not envisioned by…

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Sex Offender Registration Loopholes are Not the Solution You’re Looking For

  In California, most individuals convicted of a sex crime must register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives.1Sex offender registration also involves those convicted of a registerable sex crime in another state who then moves to California, as well as those convicted in military courts. This last category—those convicted in military courts—has recently begun to pose a problem. Normally, if you are tried and convicted in…

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Can a Sex Offender Go on a School or University Campus?

If you are convicted of a sex offense in California, you will likely face harsh restrictions that will affect you for the rest of your life. In most cases, you will have to register as a sex offender and your personal information will be made available to the public. Being convicted of a sex offense will also restrict your ability to be on school and university campuses. But what if…

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How Failing to Register As a Sex Offender Can Lead to Federal Charges

If you are convicted of any one of several sex offenses in California, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life while residing in California. You probably also know that you have to do this each year, or any time you move to a new address. Failing to register is considered a crime under California law. However, if you fail to…

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Can a Child Under 14 Be Prosecuted for Child Sex Abuse?

When it comes to sex crimes, much of the attention by our media and law enforcement seems to focus on adults committing sexual abuse on minors. Rarely do we actually hear about child sex abuse regarding minors committing sexual abuse upon other minors.1 Nonetheless, juveniles account for more than one-third of reported sex offenses against minors. The most startling fact about this number is that juveniles who commit sex offenses…

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