Sex Offender Registration in Seattle
Seattle Criminal Defense Lawyer
Perhaps one of the most serious consequences of a sex crime conviction is the duty of the convicted sex offender to register with law enforcement. Sex offender registration involves having your name, address, picture and the offense you were convicted of listed in a national sex offender registry. This registry can be accessed online or by going to a local law enforcement agency, making life for a registered sex offender potentially very difficult due to social ostracism. Finding employment may also be exceedingly difficult as a result of this label.
At our Seattle criminal defense law firm, we recognize just how traumatic of an impact sex offender registration may have on your life. That is why we are committed to fighting for our clients' legal rights in the face of their sex crime charges. With a Seattle criminal attorney from our firm by your side, you can rest assured that everything will be done on your behalf to seek an acquittal or dismissal of all charges.
How long does sex offender registration last?
The length of time that a defendant is required to register and re-register at regular intervals will vary depending on the nature of the crime for which he or she was convicted as well as whether he or she had a prior sex crime conviction at the time of the most recent conviction. A defendant who has a prior conviction for a sex offense will be required to register for life. A defendant convicted of a class B felony will be required to register for 15 years after the date of release from confinement. A defendant convicted of a class C felony will be required to register for 10 years. If a defendant is accused of failing to register as a sex offender, this may result in criminal charges and serious penalties if he or she is found guilty. It may also lengthen the amount of registration time required .
If you would like to learn more about sex offender registration, contact a Seattle sex crime attorney at our firm today. We are here to help you!