If you are accused of a sex crime in any of the counties of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there can be very serious consequences that will have lasting effects. Many people accused of such crimes are concerned about their jobs, their reputations and their freedom. Perhaps the most concerning, however, is those who have been convicted of a sexual criminal offense have a requirement of mandatory sex offender registration. If you are convicted of a sex offense in a Texas, you will have to register as a sex offender, regardless of whether you received probation or a prison sentence. This can have lasting damaging effects for the rest of your life. It can upon affect where you live and what employment you can obtain.
Registry of Sex Offenses is governed under Section 62 of The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Depending upon the nature of your conviction, an individual will usuall have to register anywhere from 10 years to the rest of their life. The effects of this will most likely be very dramatic. The public will have access to your identity, criminal record and offender classification based upon this registry. Texas has a system of community notification that allows law enforcement to distribute information to the public when a sex offender is released from incarceration.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
However serious the conseqeuences are of having to register as a sex offender, a sex offense registry violation carries even more severe consequences. If you are required to register but fail to do so, you will be charged with the additional felony offense of failure to register, which in Texas is classified as a 3rd degree Felony. This charge can be damaging to your reputation, affect your job and can subject you to additional criminal penalties.
The failure to comply with sex offender registration is based on Section 62.102 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Section 62.102 Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
(a) A person commits an offense if the person is required to register and fails to comply with any requirement of this chapter.
(b) An offense under this article is:
(1) a state jail felony if the actor is a person whose duty to register expires under Article 62.101(b) or (c);
(2) a felony of the third degree if the actor is a person whose duty to register expires under Article 62.101(a) and who is required to verify registration once each year under Article 62.058; and
(3) a felony of the second degree if the actor is a person whose duty to register expires under Article 62.101(a) and who is required to verify registration once each 90-day period under Article 62.058.
(c) If it is shown at the trial of a person for an offense or an attempt to commit an offense under this article that the person has previously been convicted of an offense or an attempt to commit an offense under this article, the punishment for the offense or the attempt to commit the offense is increased to the punishment for the next highest degree of felony.
Individuals convicted of a sexual offense have a requirement to update registration if they move their place of residence. You will be required to register with local law enforcement and provide details about your employment, address and other identifying information. If you move or change jobs, you will be required to update your registration and you may also have to notify authorities in places you visit.
If you have been accused of a sexual crime, contact The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, today. Call 214.702.CARL (2275) now for a free consultation. We will work with you in a non-judgmental atmosphere to try and obtain a favorable outcome so you can move forward with your life.
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