Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Texas By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on February 22, 2020

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According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, if you are required to register as a sex offender, and intend to reside in a given place for more than 7-days, you must alert local law enforcement. Also, if you are required to register as a sex offender and fail to do so, you may be charged with a crime. Texas laws are strict regarding individuals required to register as sex offenders. While some individuals may try to subvert or ignore the requirement, many other individuals simply misunderstand the requirements – particularly when moving to Texas from another state.

Failure to register as a sex offender is a serious crime that can further complicate your life. If you or someone you know has been charged with failure to register, Jason Trumpler can help. Registration requirements can be complicated, and one small mistake or error can result in serious consequences. Contact our office today at 512-457-5200.


Potential Consequences

If you move or are visiting someone for more than 7-days, you must report yourself as a registered sex offender to local officials. They will take a picture of you and collect general information (name, date of birth, social security number, etc.), as well as general information about the alleged offense (age of the child, date that it happened, nature of the crime, etc.).

The frequency for which you will have to report depends on the level of the violation. It is important to note that if you plea to any crime or are sentenced to any crime, it may have registration requirements attached to it. In Texas, these requirements can be complicated. If you do not register as required pursuant to sentencing, you can be charged with failure to register as a sex offender.

Potential punishments include:

State jail felony: 6-months to 2-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
3rd degree felony: 2-years to 10-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
2nd degree felony: 2-years to 20-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
1st degree felony: 5-years to 99-years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Failure to register as a sex offender is a felony level offense. If you have been accused of failure to register before, or are accused of using falsified information to attempt to register, the charge may be enhanced.

Contact Us at 512-457-5200

Jason Trumpler is an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with criminal proceeding on both the prosecution and defense sides. He will examine your case and find the best defense possible to fight you. Currently, he practices in Central Texas counties including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Comal, Burnet, Coryell, Bastrop, Lee, and Bell. Call us today at 512-457-5200.

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