Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Plano

Were you convicted of a sex crime? If so, there’s a very good chance that you are required to register as a sex offender. And while this can be embarrassing and damaging to your reputation within the community, it’s important to take action because failure to register as a sex offender is a criminal offense that carries some serious penalties.

The Texas sex offender registry contains a record of the name, photo and home address of men and women who have been convicted of certain sex offenses. The public can access this database, which can even include first-time, non-violent offenders (although some of these individuals may now be eligible to seek deregistration.) Depending upon the nature of your conviction, you may be required to register as a sex offender for a specific period of time (such as ten years), or you may be mandated to remain on the registry for life.

Not every individual accused of failure to register as a sex offender does so intentionally. Some individuals may be so distressed by their sex crime conviction that they fail to realize that they must register within 72 hours of being placed on probation. Others may accidentally overlook another aspect of their requirements, such as missing an appointment with their supervision officer.

Whatever the case, the Texas defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are committed to helping you resolve this legal matter in a timely and favorable manner. We serve clients throughout Texas, including Collin County, Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and beyond.

If you or a loved one have been accused of failure to register as a sex offender, we encourage you to contact us immediately to discuss your case in a fully confidential, no-cost case evaluation.

To contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, call (214) 604-8833.

Common Questions About Allegations of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Collin County

If you’ve been accused of failure to register as a sex offender, you may face a felony charge so it’s understandable that you may be feeling frightened, uncertain and concerned for the future.

The legal team here at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass has compiled some information on a few of the most common questions that we address this issue. We believe that by answering your questions and addressing your concerns, we can alleviate some of the worry and distress surrounding your case.

Who is Required to Register as a Sex Offender in Collin County?

There are many sex crimes that can result in a requirement to register as a sex offender. These offenses tend to include some very specific elements, including:

  • the involvement of a child;
  • an element of violence, threats, fear or force;
  • the involvement of a weapon;
  • the involvement of drugs such as Rohypnol;
  • the victimization of an elderly or disabled victim; and/or
  • a repeat offense.

The courts have a fair amount of discretion when it comes to requiring an individual to register as a sex offender. Anyone who is believed to pose a danger to the public is typically required to register. The requirement may be for a specific timeframe – often, ten years (during which you must not be convicted of any additional sex crimes) – or it may be a lifetime requirement.

What is the Definition of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender?

Failure to Register as a Sex OffenderIf you served time in jail or in prison, you are typically required to register immediately upon your release from custody. For those who are placed on probation, the timeframe is typically 72 hours.

Failure to register promptly can result in a violation of your probation and the filing of additional charges – specifically, failure to register as a sex offender.

In addition, if you register using inaccurate or incomplete information, this too can be considered a criminal act.

The same is true of those who move to a new location and fail to provide the sex offender registry with their new and updated information.

In Texas, registered sex offenders are required to update their information every 90 days (three months), every 180 days (six months) or annually. It’s also common for an offender to be required to attend periodic appointments with a supervision officer.

What Happens if You’re Found Guilty of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender?

Failure to register as a sex offender is considered a very serious charge – one that can cause serious problems for you in the future, particularly if you are to seek probation or parole.

Alone, the penalties can be extremely serious. Failure to register as a sex offender can be a second-degree felony, resulting in the revocation of your probation, a sentence of 2 to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

If you were to use fraudulent or fake information to register as a sex offender, the prosecutors could seek an enhancement that would upgrade the seriousness of a charge by one level. This would result in a first-degree felony, which is the most serious type of felony. This can carry a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison, plus a monetary fine of up to $10,000.

Due to the seriousness of this offense, it’s very important to learn what is required of you as a convicted sex offender so you can take measures to avoid any errors or mistakes. As someone who is convicted of a serious offense, prosecutors tend to be less likely to view an error as accidental or unintentional.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding sex offender registration and what is required of you, it’s generally wise to consult an attorney who can provide you with guidance and legal advice.

Contact Our Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers if You’ve Been Accused of Failure to Register as Sex Offender

Failure to Register as a Sex OffenderFailure to register as a sex offender can result in some very serious consequences and penalties. For some individuals, the penalty can effectively translate into a life sentence. For this reason, its’ vital that you trust your case to an experienced defense attorney who is experienced in the area of sex crimes.

Defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are committed to fighting for your interests and your freedom. We can also assist with other matters, such as sex offender deregistration and appeals.

Our practice was founded by Attorney Jeffrey Grass, who has been practicing law since 1993. His experience includes time as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). He was also selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, he maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass serve clients across Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and beyond, including Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County. So if you or a loved one are facing charges of failure to register as a sex offender, contact our firm to arrange a free, confidential consultation session.

Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass by calling (214) 604-8833.