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Understanding the Crime of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in California Under Penal Code Section 290(b)

Posted by Dan Kann | Jun 07, 2024 | 0 Comments

At Kann California Law Group, we understand that the consequences of a sex crime conviction extend far beyond the initial sentencing. One of the most severe and ongoing requirements is the obligation to register as a sex offender under California Penal Code Section 290. Unfortunately, failing to comply with these registration requirements can lead to serious criminal charges. This blog post will provide an in-depth look at the crime of failure to register as a sex offender under Penal Code Section 290(b) and the potential defenses available.

What is Penal Code Section 290(b)?

Penal Code Section 290(b) mandates that individuals convicted of specific sex crimes must register with local law enforcement as sex offenders. This registration process includes providing personal information such as name, address, and details of the offense. Failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offense that can result in severe penalties.

What Constitutes Failure to Register?

Failure to register as a sex offender can take several forms, including:
- Initial Registration: Not registering within five working days of moving into a city or county.
- Annual Registration: Failing to update the registration annually within five working days of the offender's birthday.
- Change of Address: Not reporting a change of residence within five working days.
- Travel Requirements: Failing to notify local law enforcement if planning to travel for more than five working days.

Penalties for Failure to Register

The penalties for failing to register as a sex offender under Penal Code Section 290(b) can be severe and vary depending on the underlying offense:
- Misdemeanor: For individuals whose original offense was a misdemeanor, failure to register is also charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail.
- Felony: For individuals whose original offense was a felony, failure to register is charged as a felony, which can result in 16 months, two years, or three years in state prison.

Additionally, failure to register can lead to an extension of the registration period and increased scrutiny by law enforcement.

Defending Against Charges of Failure to Register

Here at the at Kann California Law Group, our criminal defense attorneys understand that life circumstances can sometimes make it challenging to comply with registration requirements. Common defenses against charges of failure to register include:
- Lack of Knowledge: Demonstrating that the individual was not aware of the requirement to register.
- Actual Compliance: Providing evidence that the registration was completed or attempted within the required timeframe.
- Impossibility: Showing that circumstances beyond the individual's control prevented compliance, such as hospitalization or other emergencies.
- Mistaken Identity: Proving that the individual charged is not the person required to register.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Representation

The stakes are high when facing charges of failure to register as a sex offender. A conviction can result in significant prison time and other long-term consequences. That's why it's crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Here at the Kann California Law Group, we have the expertise and dedication to provide a robust defense and protect your rights.

Charged With Failure to Register As a Sex Offender? Get Help Now!!!

If you or a loved one is facing charges for failing to register as a sex offender under Penal Code Section 290(b), it is essential to seek legal assistance immediately. The penalties are severe, and navigating the legal system alone can be overwhelming. Contact us here at the Kann California Law Group today for a confidential consultation. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

The best way to contact us is through our confidential contact form. This ensures that the right attorney for you and your case will reach back out to you. You can also call us at (866) 298-6217. Your future is too important to leave to chance. Let us be your advocate in this challenging time.

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About the Author

Dan Kann

Daniel E. Kann has devoted his entire legal career exclusively to defending individuals facing criminal prosecution in Southern California. Dan fights criminal cases throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

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