November 5, 2012 By Stephen Klarich

A Simi Valley law states that child sex offenders within the city must:

1. post a sign stating “no candy or treats at this residence”,
2. leave all outdoor lighting off during the evening,
3. not decorate their home with Halloween decorations
4. refrain from answering the door for trick-or-treaters.

A California federal judge struck down the portion of the law that would require those residents of the Ventura County city of Simi Valley who are convicted sex offenders to post signs outside their home for Halloween stating in part that the home has “no candy”.

Those Simi Valley residents convicted of an offense that requires registration as a sex offender, are still prohibited from decorating their home with Halloween decorations, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. The judge ruled that the residents challenging the law made a clear showing that they are likely to succeed on their challenge to the law, and that they would likely suffer irreparable harm absent the temporary injunction being granted by the judge.

A criminal conviction for a sexual offense in California can carry punishments including  a lifetime registration as a sex offender.  California Penal Code Section 290 lists the various convictions that will require lifetime registration.

Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm is the best way to ensure you have the best opportunity to avoid lifetime registration.  The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years. Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 466-5245 or go to our website at for more information. We have offices in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Riverside and Orange Counties.

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