Sex offender registration is required in Colorado for people convicted of most sex offenses. Registration means that the person will be added to an list of sex offenders for a neighbor in cities such as Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, and any other city in the state. Being on this registry will greatly hurt a person’s job, residence, and standing in the community. Some people will not hire folks who must register.
As a result, in some cases people can apply to be removed from the sex offender registry. This process if called Deregistration. C.R.S. 16-22-113. The process can be complicated and our criminal defense lawyers can guide you through all the pitfalls.
When Can I Stop Registering as a Sex Offender?
The first question asked by many clients who currently register is: “When can I stop registering?” The answer depends on the charge for which the client was convicted. Certain felony charges require lifetime registration which means that you may never be able to deregister. Felony convictions can carry with them 10 year or 20 year requirements to register as a sex offender.
Misdemeanor sex offenses can also require registration. For example, unlawful sexual contact or third degree sexual assault convictions prior to 2000 carry a 10 year registration requirement. Other misdemeanors typically require five years for registration. If you received a deferred judgement and complete the sentence (and have the case dismissed), you are eligible to immediately petition to get removed from the registry.
Even if you have apply to stop registering as a sex offender, you must continue to do so until a court order specifically discontinues your requirement. Simply filing the paperwork is not enough.
Also, the time periods above assume that the client has not been convicted of another sex offense charge. In other words, if a client gets a second (or subsequent) sex offense charge while still registering for an earlier sex offense, that person cannot be removed from the sex offense registration requirements.
Contact a Sex Offense Lawyer
While the law allows people to deregister, its not meant to be easy. The time periods are complicated and judges and prosecutors are always hesitant to remove people from the registry. Therefore, you want to make sure that all the paperwork and motions are done properly and that you completely qualify to be removed from the sex offender registry.
Don’t fall into many of the traps laid out there. We know that you want to move on with your life and leave these requirements behind you. We can help to make sure that you get a clean break. Contact us today for a free consultation.