Sex Offender Registration in Houston
Acclaimed Houston Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are charged with a sex crime, you should be fully aware of what
a conviction can entail. Yes, there may be jail, or even prison time,
but what lasts much longer is a tarnished reputation. Even if you move
somewhere else, your record can follow you everywhere. By law, a convicted
sex offender must always register with local authorities. Your registration
would be public record, could disqualify you from certain jobs, and would
trail you for at least a decade. Many offenders have to register for life.
A false accusation is humiliating enough; you cannot afford to live under
the shadow of a false conviction. Houston criminal attorney, Mark Morasch,
understands that these false accusations spring up easily, and all too
often. He believes that his clients deserve an aggressive defense. When
your name and freedom are on the line, you can rely on the defense of
Mark Morasch, Attorney at Law.
What information is on the sex offender registry?
Anyone who registers must provide their full name, as well as any aliases.
The person must also give their address(es), a color photograph, and the
offense for which they were convicted or adjudicated. The age of the victim
and the sentence served are also included. There is also the date of birth,
gender, race, height, weight, and eye and hair color of the person convicted.
The public is also informed on where the person goes to school and/or
works. Every single business or professional license, certification, permit,
etc. must be listed as well. The offender would also have to give their
Social Security number, driver's license number, and phone numbers.
The public cannot see the last three items, however, but everything else
is on a free public database.
This information must be regularly verified and everyone must check in
at least once a year. Being convicted of a more serious crime could mean
that they have to verify information once every 30 days. If the person
moves or changes jobs, there is usually 7 days within which one absolutely
must notify local law enforcement. It is a felony to fail to register.
Who must register as a sex offender?
Anyone who is convicted of a
sex crime must register. This could be a term of parole in some instances. Even
if someone was convicted in another state, that person must register in
Texas as well, even if he or she does not live there. If convicted under
federal, military, or another nation's law, that person must still
register in Texas. A registered offender must register with any city where
he or she works, lives, or goes to school. If an offender visits a place
often enough, that city might also have to be notified.
How long does someone have to be registered?
Sex offender registration will be in effect for at least 10 years. Most
juvenile offenders will have to register for these 10 years. Some adults
will also get a decade in the registry. Other convictions will mandate
sex offender registration for life. If you are a registered sex offender,
then this can disqualify you from certain jobs. This can keep you from
finding a decent place to live, getting any good job, and being accepted
by a school. The repercussions are enormous. If you are charged with a
sex crime, you need to understand the severity of what a false conviction
Retain a Successful Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer
False accusations crop up all the time and allegations of a sex crime may
not require as much hard proof as other charges. The damage to your reputation
can be life-long. Mark Morasch is ready to provide his clients with a
tenacious defense. Whatever your charge, Mr. Morasch has the skill and
know-how to fight for you. He has more than 20+ years of experience, and
this includes years as a prosecutor. He thoroughly understands how the
prosecution will approach a case, and he can be ready to counter them.
He has also been named one of Houston's Top Lawyers by
H Texas Magazine for 5 years in a row. To find out what Mr. Morasch may be able to do for
you, check out his
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