Have you been accused or convicted of a sex crime in Pennsylvania? You might be wondering what exactly you can expect as you move forward with the sex offender registration process. Attorney James H. Bonner, Esquire, is happy to work with you and answer your questions so that you understand what you might be facing in the future.
Who has to register with the state sex offender registry in Pennsylvania?
According to the Pennsylvania State Police, a state registry of sexually violent predators, sexually violent deviate children, and sexual offenders is maintained. If you were convicted of charges naming you as such, then you might very well be required to register. It’s important to reach out to an attorney who understands how sex crimes registration works in Pennsylvania to ensure that you comply with all requirements but don’t necessarily give more information than you need to. If you aren’t required to register, for example, then it would be a waste to do so and have the registry publicly attached to your name. An attorney can help you determine what information, if any, you are required to provide.
The Registration Process
Anyone who is required to register on the state sex offender registry should keep in mind that they might have to register in-person initially. In fact, some individuals might be required to re-register in-person at specific time intervals. It is important that you understand these requirements from the start to ensure that you comply with all of them. Failing to register can lead to further charges and more serious penalties, so it’s best to pay attention and do everything properly from the start.
What happens if I don’t register?
As mentioned briefly above, you must adhere with your registration requirements. Failing to do this has a number of harsh consequences. Your original conviction is what will determine what penalties you will face, ranging from a first degree felony to a third degree penalty. Consequently, the degree of felony that you face for violating your registration requirements also determines how long you might have to spend in prison. Individuals in violation of these guidelines could also pay up to $25,000 in fines.
How can an attorney help?
You might be tempted to forgo hiring an attorney in this instance, however it’s important to understand the impact that conviction will have upon your life. The best-case scenario is that you were able to hire an attorney to help negotiate the terms of your case before you made any agreements with the prosecution. If this is the case, then that same attorney should be able to guide you through the registration process. If you didn’t have an attorney and are looking for help after a conviction, an attorney can review your case as well as the outcome and ensure you understand your rights.
Attorney James H. Bonner, Esquire, can help you with your sex crimes registration requirements. He understands Pennsylvania law inside and out and is ready to work with you. Reach out to him today for more information about how he can help.
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