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How Long Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender in California?

How Long Will I Have to Register as a Sex Offender in California?

According to California law, individuals convicted of certain sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders with a local law enforcement agency. Convicted sex offenders in the state are required to register for life, no matter the seriousness of the offense. However, California lawmakers have introduced a three-tiered sex offender registration system.

Going into effect on January 1, 2021, individuals required to register as sex offenders must do so for a minimum of either 10 years, 20 years, or life. Tier one requires registration for those convicted of the lowest level of sex crimes, while tier two pertains to mid-level sex crimes and tier three involves the most serious offenses.

Tier-one level crimes (minimum of 10 years on the registry) include:

  • Misdemeanor sexual battery
  • Felony sexual battery
  • Misdemeanor sodomy
  • Felony sodomy (where there was no force)
  • Misdemeanor oral copulation
  • Felony oral copulation (where there was no force)
  • Enticing a child into a house for prostitution
  • Inducing sex by fraud
  • Indecent exposure
  • Annoying a child
  • Misdemeanor for meeting with a minor for lewd purposes
  • Misdemeanor acts of penetration with a foreign object
  • Misdemeanor child pornography

Tier-two level crimes (minimum 20 years on the registry) include:

  • Rape when the victim is at least 18 years of age and is incapable of providing consent because of a mental disorder or physical disability
  • Sodomy with a minor under 14 years old and more than 10 years younger than the defendant
  • Sodomy when the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a mental disorder or physical disability
  • Oral copulation with a minor under 14 years old and more than 10 years younger than the defendant
  • Oral copulation when the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a mental disorder or physical disability
  • Acts of penetration with a foreign object when the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a mental disorder or physical disability
  • Acts of penetration with a foreign object when the act is done against the victim’s will by threatening to retaliate in the future, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a mental disorder or physical disability
  • Annoying a child as a second or subsequent offense
  • Incest

Tier-three level crimes (lifetime on the registry) include:

  • Rape
  • Spousal rape by force
  • Aiding a rape or acts of penetration with a foreign object
  • Murder committed during the commission or attempted commission of rape or another sexual act
  • Assault with intent to commit a felony
  • Kidnapping during the commission or attempted commission of rape or another sexual act
  • Felony child pornography
  • Sex trafficking children
  • Giving or transporting a child under 16 years of age for a led purpose
  • Pimping and pandering with a minor
  • Taking away a minor for the purpose of prostitution
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a child
  • Lewd acts with a minor under 14
  • Oral copulation by force
  • Oral copulation by date rape
  • Sodomy by force
  • Sodomy by date rape
  • Sex acts against a child 10 years old or younger
  • Contacting a minor with intent to commit a felony
  • Continuous sexual assault of a child
  • Acts of penetration with a foreign object by force or when the victim is under 14 years of age or over 10 years younger than the defendant

Once the minimum term of the sex offender registry has been completed, it is possible for convicted sex offenders to file a petition seeking termination of the registration requirement. If there is proof the person has kept up to date on his/her registry, he/she has been registered for a minimum amount of required time according to the tier, there are no pending charges, and he/she is not in custody or on parole, then the registration requirement can be terminated.

Contact our Ventura criminal defense lawyer at Wilfert Law P.C. for more information today.

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