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, and incest
- Forced sexual acts, including oral copulation, penetration with a foreign object, sodomy
- 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.