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Facing sex crime charges can be an overwhelming and frightening experience. The implications of such charges extend far beyond the immediate legal consequences, potentially impacting your entire life.

One of the most significant aspects of these implications is the requirement to register as a sex offender if convicted. It’s this aspect of being unfairly convicted of a sex crime that can have the longest and most damaging impact on your life. Understanding the severity of the sex offender registry can help you see why seeking an experienced lawyer for help is important during this time.

What Is the Sex Offender Registry?

The sex offender registry is a publicly accessible database of information about those who are convicted sex offenders or otherwise required to register as sex offenders.

During registration, offenders must provide extensive personal information, including:

  • Name and aliases
  • Address
  • Place of employment
  • Vehicle information
  • Physical description
  • Photograph
  • Fingerprints

Sex offender registration laws in Colorado are designed to monitor and manage individuals convicted of certain sexual offenses. These laws aim to protect the public, particularly vulnerable populations, by keeping track of offenders and their whereabouts. The registration system is part of a broader effort to prevent recidivism and ensure community safety.

Who Needs to Register?

In Colorado, people who were convicted of specific sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders.

The offenses that trigger registration requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual assault
  • Unlawful sexual contact
  • Sexual exploitation of a child
  • Indecent exposure (depending on the circumstances)
  • Internet luring of a child
  • Possession, distribution, and/or production of child pornography

The law differentiates between various levels of offenses, which can affect the length and nature of the registration requirements.

Duration of Registration

The duration of sex offender registration in Colorado varies based on the severity of the offense and whether the offender is considered to be a repeat offender.

Generally, the registration periods are:

  • Five years for certain misdemeanors.
  • Ten years for more serious offenses or first-time felony offenses.
  • Lifetime registration for sexually violent predators (SVPs) and certain repeat offenders.

These durations are calculated from the date of release from incarceration or the date the court imposes the sentence, whichever is later.

Verification & Updates

Depending on the classification of the offense, registered sex offenders are required to periodically verify their information.

If someone is a sexually violent offender, they may have to register quarterly. All others must register annually or whenever they move. Failure to comply with these verification requirements can lead to severe legal consequences, including felony charges.

Defending Against Your Sex Crime Charges

Given the severe consequences of a sex crime conviction, including mandatory registration, it's critical to mount a robust defense if you are facing such charges.

The first step in defending against sex crime charges is to seek experienced legal representation. A skilled attorney can:

  • Evaluate the evidence against you.
  • Identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
  • Develop a strategic defense tailored to your situation.

In some cases, negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecution may be a viable option. This can result in reduced charges or sentencing and may impact the registration requirements. Your attorney can help determine whether a plea bargain is in your best interest and negotiate favorable terms on your behalf.

Contact Us for Legal Assistance

We at Clawson & Clawson, LLP understand the serious toll that a conviction for a sex crime can have upon a person’s life. You shouldn’t have to face such consequences when you are unfairly accused, and our legal team can provide you with the legal resources you need to fight against inaccurate accusations.

If you want to learn more about how Clawson & Clawson, LLP can help you defend your freedom and dignity, contact us today to request a consultation.

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