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Law Offices of Robert Arentz - Phoenix Lawyer


Sex Crimes

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

If you have been convicted of a sex offense, it is essential that you register as a sex offender every time you move to a new area (once you've served your time in jail and on probation.) If you fail to do so, you will be charged again and may wind up serving an even longer sentence as a punishment for failing to provide sex offender notification.

However, many sex offenders do not register, believing that to do so means that they are accepting their sex offender status. Unfortunately, whether or not you feel you are a sex offender does not matter; the important fact is that you are considered a sex offender by the public and by the courts. Thus, you are expected to register.

Of course, some people scoff the notion of registering as a sex offender, assuming that they will never be caught. This type of thinking offers a false sense of security, as you'll be living on "borrowed time." Imagine not registering as a sex offender when you know you are expected to do so; you'll be looking over your shoulder every moment, concerned that someone will "out" you to the public authorities.

And failing to register as a sex offender brings with it stiff penalties, not to mention public stigma. For instance, say you move to a new town in another state to start fresh but you do not wish to register as a sex offender. If you try to get a job, you may be expected to allow your prospective employer to research your criminal history. Thus, he or she could find out immediately that you have a past sex offender record. and that you did not register.

Failing to register as a sex offender in this circumstance could cost you a job. But let's go further and say that your employer does not check out your criminal history and you get a job. Time goes by and you start to feel comfortable with your "new" identity. In fact, you almost forget that you were supposed to register. Then it all comes to light. Perhaps someone finds out about your past by accident or you tell a "trusted" friend what occurred.

At this point, you will not only be arrested for failing to register as a sex offender; your name and face will be splashed in the local papers and you'll most likely lose your job. You may also lose your home or, if you rent, your apartment, condo, or house.

At our law firm, we understand how difficult it can be to register as a sex offender and the concerns you may have. We have helped many other sex offenders get on with their lives while still remaining legal (i.e., registering whenever they move). Please contact us today via telephone or email for a non-judgmental, no-obligation consultation with one of our legal staff members.