If a person is convicted of a sex crime in Texas, the state of Texas will require that individual to register as a sex offender. Depending on the severity of the conviction, individuals may have to register as a sex offender from a period ranging from 10 years to life.
The sex offender registration requirement will drastically change your life, as the general public will have access to your identity, criminal record, and offender classification.
If you fail to register as a sex offender that’s a new a criminal offense. If found guilty, the offender will face serious consequences.
If you’ve been accused of a sex crime, or if you’re facing new charges for violating the terms of your sex offender registration requirements, don’t hesitate to reach out to Attorney Mark Bennett. Our phone number is 713-224-1747.
Penalties for Sex Offender Registration Violations
Failure to register as a sex offender can result in a state jail felony, third degree felony, or a second degree felony criminal charge depending on the circumstances of the conviction.
Failure to register as a sex offender is considered:
- A State Jail Felony if the defendant’s duty to register expires under Article 62.101 (b) or (c).
- A 3rd Degree Felony if the defendant’s duty to register expires under Article 62.101 (a) and who is required to register once a year under Article 62.058.
- A 2nd Degree Felony if the defendant’s duty to register expires under Article 62.101 (a) and who is required to register every 90 days under Article 62.058.
At the trial of the defendant, if it’s shown that the defendant was previously convicted of failure to register as a sex offender, the penalty for the new failure to register case will be enhanced to the next highest degree of felony.
Often times, failure to register convictions have heightened penalties due to prior convictions. If you or a loved one are dealing with a situation like this, reach out to our highly experienced legal team for prudent guidance.
Houston Lawyers for Sex Offenders
Attorney Mark W. Bennett, a trusted and respected Houston lawyer for sex offender registration violation cases since 1995, has handled some of the most challenging cases ever to see a hearing in the court of law.
If you’re facing charges for failure to register as a sex offender in Texas, contact the experienced lawyers at Bennett and Bennett to discuss possible defenses for your case.
Attorney Mark W. Bennett is an accomplished criminal defense attorney, holds Board Certified® status (in Criminal Law) with the TBLS, and is always ready to fight the good fight.
If you’re interesting in discussing your case with a well-studied defense attorney, contact Bennett & Bennett at 713-224-1747 and ask to speak with Mark.