SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATIONS & CHARGES
Being charged with a violation of the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act can lead to prison time for the first violation. If you are required to register then that means you already have a prior felony conviction for a sex offense. Many prosecutors and law enforcement have little sympathy for sex offenders. Do not assume that just because the sex offender compliance officer arrests you that you are in violation. The Sex Offender Registration Act can be very complicated and law enforcement and prosecutors do not always get it right. I will fight your case vigorously from day one.
I will make sure your rights are protected from overzealous prosecutors and law enforcement. Let my experience guide you and inform you of the best way to proceed. I will fight to make sure that you are treated fairly in court and given a chance to tell your side of the story.
With the possibility of going to prison, you need an experienced lawyer to stand by your side and fight for you.
What are Violations of the Sex Offender Registry?
Sex Offender Registration requires certain people that have been convicted of certain sex offenses to register with the Department of Corrections and local law enforcement. How long you have to register and how often you have to register depends on the underlying sex offense conviction. It can also depend on when the conviction occurred.
The most common sex offender registration violations that people are charged with include failing to register with local law enforcement, failing to notify local law enforcement of a change in address and living at a location that is not allowed.
Potential Punishments for Violations of the Sex Offender Registry
Most violations of the Sex Offender Registration Act are a felony in Oklahoma. The punishment for violating the Sex Offender Registration Act is up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000.
If you have prior felony convictions then your range of punishment can increase significantly from what is listed above. Call today to schedule a free consultation and I can better explain the range of punishment you may be facing and any defenses you may have.
Possible Defenses to Violations of the Sex Offender Registry
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has recently decided several different cases that have held that the Department of Corrections and local law enforcement have been making some people register even though they are not legally required to do so. Are you one of those people that isn’t required to register?
If you have been charged with a violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act call now to schedule a free consultation. I will work hard to find all or your possible defenses to try and get your charges reduced or even dismissed. If a trial is your best option I will passionately argue your case to the jury. If pleading guilty is your best option I will negotiate the best plea deal with the prosecutor.