Penal Code section 290 requires mandatory registration as a sex offender for persons convicted of the sex offenses listed in that section. Penal Code section 290(a)(2)(A)-(E). Even if the offense is not listed in section 290, the person may be ordered by a court to register as a sex offender if the criminal offense committed was sexually motivated. Section 290 applies automatically to the enumerated offenses, and imposes on each person convicted a lifelong obligation to register.
The registrant must appear in person to register with the police department of the city in which he or she resides, or with the sheriff’s department if he or she resides in an unincorporated area or city which has no police department. The person has five working days to register after release from custody or on probation, or after coming into, or changing his or her residence within, any city or county.
There are various criminal penalties that apply to persons who fail to comply with the sex offender registration requirements. In general, a person convicted of a registrable felony sex offense who willfully violates the registration law is guilty of a felony. A person convicted of a registrable misdemeanor sex offense who violates the registration law is guilty of a misdemeanor on the first violation, and subsequent convictions for violating the registration law are felonies.
Given the complex nature of the California’s sex offender registration requirements, consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is essential. If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime or has been ordered to register as a sex offender, please don’t hesitate in contacting an experienced Southern California sex crimes attorney. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been handling sex offender cases and sex offender registration cases for more than 30 years. Our attorney will aggressively attack the charges against you and protect your rights. Contact Wallin & Klarich today at (877) 466-5245 for a free evaluation of your case. We will be there when you call.