Sex Offender Registry Issues
While everyone knows being on a sex offender registry is a bad thing, most people don’t have a clear idea of just how invasive it can be to be on Utah’s sex offender registry. Every time you travel, change residences or jobs, get a new car, or go to school, you have to tell authorities all about it. Then you have to do re-notify them twice a year regardless of any changes too. And let’s not get started about the social stigma once people find out you’re on it, which they can because Utah allows public access to the registered sex offender database. See sex offender registry requirement lengths here.
Avoid Making Things Worse
To make things worse, it’s a crime to incorrectly or incompletely fill out any of your required registrations. Which could mean another stint in prison, another year on probation, and another entry on your criminal record—not to mention probably losing your job and possibly your home in the bargain. Let’s also not forget that you’re going to be a number one suspect, should anything happen to a child who lives anywhere near you. It’s not without reason than many sex offenders have a hunted appearance.
So don’t make a bad situation worse. If you have any outstanding issues with your sex offender registration, let us help you.
Our goal at Wasatch Defense Lawyers in Salt Lake City, Utah, is to help you every step of the way.
Call Wasatch Defense Attorneys at 801.980.9965 today for a free case review, and see how we can help you. Our assertive, caring defense attorneys have over 100 years of experience handling these situations so you don’t have to.
What Being a Registered Sex Offender Means
As part of registering as a sex offender, you are required to provide:
- The make, model, color, year, plate number, and vehicle number of any car you own or regularly drive
- Your primary address and any possible secondary addresses (this must be updated within three business days if you move—regardless of when you move or why)
- A DNA sample and set of fingerprints, unless the state already has both
- A current photograph
- Your job’s address and phone number
- Your social security number
- A list of addresses and phone numbers for anywhere you volunteer or study
- All possible telephone numbers that might be used to reach you
- All Internet identifiers and addresses the offender uses and all websites used with those identifiers and addresses. Note that this is not an exhaustive list. More information can be found here:
What Happens if You Don’t Register as a Sex Offender?
Failing to register with the appropriate authorities (the Division of Adult Probation and Parole, sometimes listed as AP&P in Utah, or the local police station or sheriff’s office) is a crime. Depending on the crime that put you onto the registry, it may be a Class A misdemeanor or a third degree felony. In either case, however, the punishment is a minimum of 90 days in jail plus one year on probation. No extenuating circumstance or court judgment can change that result.
For every year you fail to register, or incorrectly or incompletely register, another year is added to the time you must spend on the registry.
Why You Need Salt Lake’s Best Defense Lawyers
When it comes to dealing with the law, aggressive attention to detail can rarely steer you wrong. That’s what we’re good at, so you don’t have to be. Wasatch Defense Lawyers’ experienced, responsive attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and preserving your quality of life.
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