Boston Sex Offender Registry Lawyer
Massachusetts Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Issues
The sex offender registry is one of the most confusing systems. Many defendants will sign up as a sex offender prior to being released from prison. Once released, the defendants usually don’t get much assistance in learning what he or she must do. As a result, many people tend to be in violation of the sex offender registry requirements and end up being charged for failing to register as a sex offender. The media and community have put a lot of pressure on police and district attorneys to prosecute defendants that fail to register as sex offenders.
Massachusetts Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Laws
In order to prove that a defendant failed to register as a sex offender, the prosecution must prove that the defendant knowingly failed to register or verify information as required by law. Now, each defendant needs to re-register every year on his or her birthday. Also, if the defendant fails to tell the sex offender registry board regarding a change of address that also counts as a violation.
Massachusetts Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Penalties
If a defendant is convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and it is a first offense, the defendant must serve at least 6 months in jail, but not more than 2 ½ years in jail. On the first offense, the defendant could also serve up to 5 years in state prison or up to a $1,000 fine. If convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, the defendant may also face lifetime community parole.
Massachusetts Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Attorney
When it comes to the charge of failing to register as a sex offender, the deck is stacked against you. The rules are difficult to follow, there is little help to explain the process, but the penalties are very high. If you have a failing to register as a sex offender charge, it is important that you talk to a lawyer right away. Attorney Jason Chan have prosecuted and defended many of these cases over the years.
Call Attorney Jason Chan today at 508-808-8902 to talk about your failure to register to register as a sex offender case.