Sex offender registration in California is being required in more and more cases. Whether convicted of a sex offense in California or another state in the United States, most convictions, even minor misdemeanors, will require that one registers as a sex offender under California Penal Code section 290. When charged with a sex offense in California whether it be a serious rape case or a misdemeanor charged under California Penal Code section 243.4(e)1, it is important to immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to explore your defenses and determine if you can get the case dismissed or avoid the often tedious condition of having to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life under California Penal Code section 290.
Often times the most difficult hurdle in defending a felony or misdemeanor sexual assault case is protecting yourself from the Penal Code section 290 requirement of lifetime registration as a sex offender. Regardless of jail or prison time, defendants learn quickly that having to register as a sex offender is a problem that may negatively affect your life forever.
Defending a Charge of Failing to Register under California Penal Code section 290
In order to present sufficient evidence of the elements of a violation of Penal Code section 290, a prosecutor must show:
1. The defendant was previously convicted of