Being subjected to mandatory reporting as a convicted sex offender essentially means you may be forced to pay for your crime for years or even decades after you have completed your sentence.
Those who are labeled as sexually violent predators face mandatory lifetime reporting and will have to endure law enforcement notification of neighbors, schools and community centers whenever they change jobs or residences.
Our attorneys understand the stigma associated with such reporting. More importantly, we know that violating registration requirements or probation stipulations can constitute a separate offense, which can result in jail or prison time with little or no chance to present a defense. Failure to register as a sex offender can be charged as a separate and distinct felony offense.
We join many advocates in decrying this system as double jeopardy (forcing a defendant to pay twice for the same crime) and a violation of a defendant’s right to privacy.
Unfortunately, as a result of public zeal for punishing “sex offenders,” the court of public opinion and the courts of law, where judges are often subject to election, have not agreed.
Thus, it is critical that an experienced attorney aggressively argue to minimize the impact and length of time a defendant must be subjected to such discrimination in the event of a criminal conviction.
Colorado law requires registration for:
Sex crimes for which registration is required: