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Sex Offender Registration: An Overview
Who is required to register as a sex offender, what registration means, and the penalties for failing to register. ... READ MORE

Who Must Register as a Sex Offender?
The duty to register as a sex offender is triggered by certain criminal convictions. Basically, each state has a list of crimes that—if a person is convicted—require registration. (In California, for example, the list of registerable offense is in Penal Code section 290.) Federal law also imposes a registration requirement for defendants convicted of certain federal crimes. ... READ MORE

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Sex offenders who don’t register or fail to abide by registration requirements can be prosecuted for “failure to register.” Failure to register is a crime in every state. And, under certain circumstances, failure to register can lead to federal charges. ... READ MORE

Are Juvenile Offenders Subject to Sex Offender Registration Laws?
Every state has sex offender registration laws. Learn about how these laws apply to juvenile sex offenders and how registration requirements different for underage defendants. ... READ MORE

What Does Sex Offender Registration Entail?
Read about the requirements of sex offender registration, including where and how often a sex offender must register. ... READ MORE

The History of Sex Offender Registration Laws
The District of Columbia and all 50 states now have laws requiring persons convicted of sex offenses to register with local law enforcement. Here’s an overview of how these laws evolved. ... READ MORE

Sex Offenders Challenge Residency Rules
A couple of centuries ago, an adulterous woman would be forced to wear a scarlet "A" around her neck. Later, small-town newspapers told who was arrested for all kinds of crimes. Today, sex offenders are subject to harsh limits on where they can live. Many city and state laws prohibit sex offenders from ... READ MORE

Sexually Dangerous Inmates Can Be Indefinitely Held
Typically, once a prisoner has served his or her sentence, he or she is released. However, that's no longer the case when it comes to "sexually dangerous" inmates. Such prisoners can now be held indefinitely, giving the government much more power and discretion than in the past. The Decision The US Supreme ... READ MORE

ThinAir iPhone App and Sex Offender Registry
Update California legislators authorized a payment of $20 million to settle legal claims made by kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard and her family. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old. She was held captive by convicted rapist Phillip Garrido until she was found in 2009. Although state parole ... READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Offender Registration
Sex offender registration: Who has to register, what registration entails, and the penalties for failing to register ... READ MORE


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What does someone on Megan’s law need to do to be with kids?

Q: My fiancé and I want to get married but I recently got custody of my two granddaughters. Can he be able to stay in my home with me? He seems to like kids. A: Your fiancé should know. If h ... Read more

Can I receive expungement for my indecent exposure conviction?

Q: I sing with a popular oldies group from and it makes me feel less than human at times, because the night I was arrested for exposing myself, I also tried to kill myself because of past bad things h ... Read more

Child Pornography Sentencing Could See Big Change in 2016

Adapted from [2016 Update] New Child Pornography Sentencing Guidelines A new amendment could have a big impact on child pornography sentencing guidelines Set to begin November 1, 2016; will the new gu ... Read more

Defending Prostitution Charges in California

At its core, prostitution is defined as engaging in sexual conduct for “money or other consideration.” The exchange of money for sex is a quite common occurrence in the State of California ... Read more

When Does a Selfie Become a Crime?

There’s nothing new about teenagers flirting. But there is something new about the way they are doing it these days and their acts can be prosecuted as Possession, or Distribution of Child Porno ... Read more

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