290 Sex Offender Registration in L.A.
Los Angeles Child Pornography Defense Attorney
One of the most common consequences included in conviction for a
child porn offense in California is mandatory registration as a sexual offender.
Under Penal Code 290, which is also known as the Sex Offender Registration
Act, an individual convicted of committing a sex crime will be required
to register as a sexual offender as long as they live, work, or attend
school in the state, and the registration is typically mandatory for the
rest of the offender's life.
Convictions that most commonly include mandatory registration include most
types of the following crimes:
- Sexual battery
- Sexual acts with or against a minor, including child pornography, pimping
and pandering, aggravated sexual assault or continuous sexual assault,
- Forced sexual acts, including oral copulation, penetration with a foreign
- Indecent exposure
The Duties of Registration
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you will have to register with your
local law enforcement agency within five workdays of your release from
your sentence, jail or custody, or your discharge from a hospital or a
mental institution. Once the court requires that you register, they will
notify the Department of Justice (DOJ) which will monitor your compliance
with the laws of registration.
The minimum requirement is that you update your information every year
within five days of your birthday, but the reporting requirements can
be increased based on a number of factors. You will have to report to
your local law enforcement agency more often if you move, if you are transient,
if the judge decides that you are a violent sexual predator, of if you
are employed by or enrolled in a California college or university.
What is Megan's Law?
In recent years, the state legislature passed Assembly Bill 488, which
is more commonly referred to as Megan Law. This law can have serious impact
upon most types of sex offenders, as the information required for registration
will be made public over the internet. The Megan's Law website will
display the personal information of the offender, including their name,
photo, physical identifiers (weight, height, hair and eye color, tattoos,
scars, etc.), and the offense that caused them to be included in the sex
offender registry. The inclusion of the offender's address depends
upon the specific crime they were convicted of and if they have been convicted
of any prior sex crimes.
The Impact of Sex Offender Registration
Conviction for a child porn offense will greatly impact your life in a
number of ways; beyond fines, incarceration, and counseling, you will
also be forced to live as a registered sex offender. This penalty will
follow you wherever you go, as potential employers, landlords, and even
your friends and partners can find your information on the Megan's
Law site. Failure to register can also result in harsh consequences and
further incarceration. If you are charged with a sex crime, you cannot
wait to retain powerful advocacy for your case.
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of Los Angeles with the knowledgeable and aggressive defense needed to
fight against these serious allegations. Enlisting our talented attorneys
for your case ensures that your rights will be protected and you will
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