Expert Attorneys in Littleton, Jefferson County, or Colorado, Ready to Represent You
If you have been accused of failure to register as a sex offender, you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free at 888-725-2609 across Colorado for a free initial consultation.
Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, failure to register as a sex offender generally occurs where a person who is under a legal obligation to register as a sex offender, fails to register with a local law enforcement agency, fails to provide complete registration information, or provides false registration information.
Possible Consequences for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Failure to register as a sex offender for an underlying misdemeanor sexual offense is a class 1 misdemeanor. Failure to register as a sex offender for an underlying felony sexual offense is a class 6 felony. A person who is convicted of felony failure to register as a sex offender may be sentenced to: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of one (1) year to eighteen (18) months, but as much as three (3) years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of three years.
Possible Defenses for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
These cases typically stem from a person moving to another jurisdiction, or state, and not promptly registering with the local police or sheriff's office within five days after establishing a residence. Many times we are able to get a person into compliance with the law, and convince the prosecutor to drop the charges for failure to register as a sex offender. However, this will depend on what a Defendant has told the police officers when being initially questioned.
The remaining defenses that may be applied in a failure to register as a sex offender case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures based on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. There are many other defenses that are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, such as: biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood, or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo line-ups, and inaccurate crime scene / accident reconstructions.
It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced failure to register as a sex offender lawyer to defend you in a failure to register as a sex offender case in Littleton, Jefferson County, or across Colorado.
Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free across Colorado at 888-725-2609 for a free initial consultation.