L.A. Defense Firm Helps You Understand the Sex Offender Registry

Knowledgeable advice about sex offender laws in California

If you are convicted of certain sex crimes, Section 290 of the California Penal Code — known as the Sex Offender Registration Act — requires you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. For many people, this is the worst of the penalties for a sex crime. If you have been charged with any type of sex crime, speak to a lawyer immediately. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we explain how California’s various sex offender laws relate to your case. If you face charges of failing to register as a sex offender, we defend you in court.

Who must register as a sex offender in California?

The Sex Offender Registration Act requires that individuals convicted of the following crimes register as sex offenders:

  • Rape
  • Sexual battery
  • Indecent exposure
  • Forcible oral copulation
  • Child pornography
  • Lewd acts with a minor

If the offense you are convicted of is sexually motivated, you may be required to register as a sex offender — even if your crime is not on the list of mandatory registration crimes.

Your responsibilities as a registered sex offender

You must register as a sex offender within five days of your sentence or release from custody. Every year, you must register again within five days of your birthday. You must also register and update your information within five days of any time you move. If the court has deemed you a sexually violent predator, you are required to update your information every 90 days. If you are a transient and move around Los Angeles, you must update your information every 30 days.

Penalty for failing to register as a sex offender

The penalty for failing to register as a sex offender is determined by whether you were initially convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony sex crime. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor sex crime and fail to register, you face up to one year in jail. If were convicted of a felony and fail to register, you face three years in prison.

Experienced defense firm fights for your rights

With a decade of experience, we at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi understand the sex offender registry laws in California. You can set up a consultation to discuss your case with a lawyer at our firm by contacting us online or by phone at (310) 894-8548. Our office is in Los Angeles in the Westside Towers and within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Westwood. We have flexible office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.