Sex crimes bill may reduce registration requirements
Sex crimes bill may reduce registration requirements
A bill currently under consideration by the California state legislature could reduce the sex offender registration requirements for some sex crimes. If adopted, Senate Bill 412 could change the amount of time a convicted sex offender remains on the state’s sex offender registry.

The bill would create a three-tiered offender status. Tier 1 offenders would include non-violent and misdemeanor offenses. Persons convicted of Tier 1 offenses register for 10 years. Tier 2 offenses would include more serious crimes, including some violent offenses. Persons convicted of Tier 2 offenses would register for 20 years. Tier 3 offenders, identified as those who commit violent or predatory sex offenses, would remain on the sex offender registry for life.

Currently, California has more than 100,000 registered sex offenders. According to Senator Scott Wiener, who introduced the bill, the registry’s current size makes the data difficult to use for law enforcement officials. M people who have not reoffended remain on the registry indefinitely because the registry simply accumulates sex offender data.

If offenders joined and left the registry based on their offenses, the data could be a better law enforcement tool.

Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer


The current state of California’s sex offender registry underscores the importance of having excellent legal representation. Most sex crimes convictions require sex offender registration. That could put you at a significant disadvantage in terms of employment, housing and other civil liberties that non-offenders enjoy. It also demonstrates why you should retain an experienced sex crimes lawyer if you’ve been arrested or accused of sexual offenses.

Robert Helfend practices criminal law exclusively in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He knows what it takes to prepare an effective defense. Unlike some criminal defense lawyers, Mr. Helfend does not shy away from taking cases from persons accused of sexual offenses.

Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’ve been accused of. Instead, he works hard to prepare an effective defense. His first priority is to get charges against his clients reduced or dropped. By changing the severity of the charges against a client, an experienced lawyer can limit the effect of a potential conviction on his clients.

Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.

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