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Failure to Register in Washington

When an individual is convicted of a sex crime, most often they will be required to register as a sex offender as part of their sentence.  If a defendant was sentenced to jail, upon their release they are required to register with local law enforcement.  Sex offender registration was created with the purpose of keeping track and monitoring sex offenders to protect the community and deter them from committing further criminal sexual acts.  If an individual is required to register as sex offender, but fails to do so, they can be charged with failure to register. 

The lawyers at our Seattle firm provide clients with representation if they have been charged with failure to register.  Failure to register is a serious offense because it shows prosecutors, judges, and jurors that the defendant disregarded court orders.  In their eyes, if a defendant disregards court orders, what other laws will they ignore?  This is the main reason sex offenders charged with failure to register are punished harshly, because judges wish to prevent them committing further sex crimes. 

Washington law classifies Sex Offenders on three levels:

  • Level I:  Low risk to re-offend within the community at large.  Information shall be shared with other law enforcement agencies upon request, the Sheriff may disclose relevant, necessary and accurate information to any victim or witness to the offense and to any individual community member who lives near the residence of the sex offender.  Level I sex offenders may not be the subject of general public notification. 
  • Level II:  Moderate risk to re-offend within the community at large.   Relevant, necessary and accurate information concerning risk Level II offenders may be disclosed to public and private schools, child day care centers, family day care providers, businesses and organizations that serve primarily children, women or vulnerable adults and neighbors and community groups near the residence where the offender resides, expects to reside, or is regularly found.  Level II offenders may or may not be the subject of general public notification, depending upon the specific circumstances present.
  • Level III:  High risk to re-offend within the community at large.  Relevant, accurate and necessary information concerning offenders classified as risk Level III may be disclosed to the public at large.

Contact a Seattle Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer today if you have been charged with failure to register!

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