Under the current California Sex Offender Registration Act, individuals who are convicted of certain sex crimes are required to register for life. Failure to register is a crime and punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony. Currently, AB 625 is a new bill proposed by Assemblyman Tom Amiano, which will revamp California’s Sex Offender Registration Act. Instead of lifetime registration, this new bill would establish three tiers of registration based on specified criteria, for periods of ten years, twenty years, and life registration. This bill when passed would require that by January 1, 2017 a tier level be assigned to every person registered as a sex offender.

To be classified as tier one, registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • Tier one registrants were convicted of a registerable offense that is not a violent offense, nor the molesting of a minor;
  • The person’s SARATSO is low, low-moderate, or moderate, or the person is not eligible for assessment under applicable specified codes;
  • For a period of ten years, commencing with the person’s initial registration date, the person is not convicted of a registerable offense or a violent felony; and,
  • For a period of ten years, commencing with the person’s initial registration date, the person is not convicted of more than one specified felony.

To be classified as tier two, registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • The person’s score on the SARATSO was moderate-high risk. The person was convicted of a violent registerable offense, or the person was convicted of molestation;
  • For a period of twenty years, commencing with the person’s initial registration date, the person is not convicted of a registerable offense or a violent felony;
  • For a period of twenty years, commencing with the person’s initial registration date, the person is not convicted of more than one specified felony; and,
  • The person was a tier one offender, but was convicted of more than one specified felony, or was convicted of a registerable offense or a violent felony within ten years of the person’s initial registration date.

To be classified as tier three, registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • The person’s score on the SARATSO is high risk;
  • Within twenty years of the person’s initial registration date, the person is convicted of a violent registerable offense;
  • The person has at any time been committed to a state mental hospital as a sexually violent predator (SVP); and,
  • The person was a tier two registrant and subsequently was convicted of more than one specified felony, or the person was convicted of any specified registerable offense after becoming a tier two offender after having previously been a tier one offender.

If you or a loved one is charged with a sex crime, it is important that you hire an experienced San Bernardino sex crimes attorney to represent you in court. A conviction can ultimately lead to lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Wallin and Klarich has over 30 years of experience in handling serious sex crimes and knows how to defend your rights in such cases. We constantly monitor existing laws and potential new laws that may help our clients.

Please call us at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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