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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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Are Sex Offenders Banned from Living Near Parks and Schools?

When you are convicted of a sex crime and required to register as a sex offender, a number of restrictions and requirements are placed on you. Due to a law that was passed in 2006 by California voters, you probably think that you cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school, park or other area where children gather. However, that may not be true. Let’s reveal the truth behind sex…

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Sex Offenders Arrested on Halloween as Part of Operation Boo

On Halloween night, children dress up in costumes and knock on doors to collect candy from neighbors. This innocent tradition is accompanied by a not-so-innocent one. Law enforcement knocks on the doors of sex offenders on parole during the statewide Operation Boo lockdown order. In 2018, more than 100 parolees were arrested on October 31. Let’s look at how you can avoid this fate come Halloween next year. What is…

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New California Law Helps Sex Offenders Return to Their Homes (PC 3003)

Passed in 2006, Jessica’s Law prohibits any registered sex offender – regardless of whether their particular crime involved children – from living within 2,000 feet from schools, parks or any location where children gather. Due to the amount of schools and parks in California, this law essentially prevents sex offenders from living in any urban and suburban areas of the state. As a result, many registered sex offenders have been…

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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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Phone Scam Targets Sex Offenders in California

If you were convicted of a sex crime, you will likely have to deal with the harsh consequence of registering as a sex offender. Now, you may also have to deal with scammers targeting you. According to reports, registered sex offenders in California, including in the cities of Upland and Lawndale, are receiving phone calls where they are demanded to pay up to $3,000 or face the possibility of imprisonment.…

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Are Sex Offenders Eligible for Early Parole Under Prop 57?

In 2016, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 57, which allowed inmates who were convicted of non-violent felonies to seek early parole. Upon passing, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) was required to create regulations to implement this law. In doing so, the CDCR excluded inmates who were required to register as a sex offender from being eligible for early parole review. A recent court ruling has declared this…

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Could California Finally Change to a Tiered Sex Offender Registry? (PC 290)

For years, sex offender groups and California lawmakers have discussed making changes to the state sex offender registration system. None of these discussions have ever resulted in revamping or updating the current registration system. But a new bill making its way through the State Senate could soon bring a new tiered registration system to California. Tiered Sex Offender Registry Senate Bill 421, known as the Tiered Registry Bill, was introduced…

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New Law Requires Internet Sex Offenders to Reveal Email Addresses and Online Identities

A bill recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown will soon disclose even more personal information about registered sex offenders. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, registered sex offenders in California whose crimes involved the use of the internet will be required to inform local law enforcement agencies of their email addresses and online identities. “Online identities” include social media handles for sites such as Twitter and Instagram, and any…

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