If you have been convicted of one of many sex offenses in California then you must register as a sex offender per Penal Code Section 290. Failure to register as required amounts to a new criminal offense that could result in a lengthy jail sentence.
Under California Penal Code section 290, if you are convicted of any of the listed offenses below you are required to register with the local police or sheriff’s department within five days of being released from custody or moving to a new location. The specific crimes which require registration as a sex offender per
Penal Code Section 290 are as follows:
• Rape or attempted rape – PC 261
• Sodomy – PC 286
• Lewd or lascivious act with a minor – PC 288
• Oral Copulation with a minor – PC 288a
• Sexual penetration by use of force or fear – PC 289
• Sodomy – PC 286
Even if the offense is not listed under California Penal Code section 290, you can still be required to register as a sex offender if the court orders it because the offense was deemed to be sexually motivated.
Individuals, who are required to register in their home states, must register in California if they come here to work or attend school for more than 14 continuous days, or 30 or more days per year.
The public can access information about sex offenders by visiting the state’s “Megan’s Law” website or contacting their local law-enforcement agency. The amount of information about the offender that appears in the database depends on the type of offense. Some individuals must register using their name and home address. Others appear only by zip code. Still others do not appear in the database, but are required to register with police and are known to local law-enforcement. The nature of the listing an offender must post depends on the seriousness of the offense.
The Southern California sexual offense defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped many clients obtain relief from the requirement to register as a California sex offender. One of our knowledgeable attorneys can review your case to determine whether you may be eligible. You can call us at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.