Sex Offender Registration in Houston

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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 could mean.

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 case results, and do not hesitate to call his Houston criminal defense firm. He can be reached 24 hours, 7 days a week.

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