While being convicted of a sex crime can result in prison time, expensive fines and a criminal record, in most cases, sex crimes convictions also involve a person being required to register as a Colorado sex offender for a certain period of time. In fact, in the worst cases – such as when a person has been deemed to be a sexually violent predator, these individuals may be required to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.
Registering as a sex offender is a part of convicted individual’s probation or parole, and failing to comply with the requirements of the Colorado sex offender registry can result in:
- Failure to register criminal charges being filed against a person
- Parole or probation violation charges being filed against a person
- Additional prison time being handed down in a case.
Given these facts, it’s crucial that those convicted of sex crimes are aware of and comply with the requirements of the Colorado sex offender registry. Some of these requirements include that sex offenders:
- Register with the local law enforcement agency (e.g., police department, sheriff’s department, etc.) where they live. If they have more than one residence, they must register with the local law enforcement agency presiding over each city or county in which they reside.
- Register within five business days of being released from jail/prison, establishing an additional residence in Colorado and/or of establishing an initial temporary or permanent residency in Colorado (if their sex crime conviction was in another state).
- Reregister each year on their birthday with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
- Provide their name (including any aliases they may have ever used), address, date of birth and, upon request, recent photograph of themselves.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of sex crimes, particularly when they have allegedly been committed by individuals who have a criminal record or when they involve victims who are children, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime or of any felony or misdemeanor crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.