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Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in San Diego


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Under California Penal Code § 290, individuals convicted of sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders. The failure to register as a sex offender can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the original sex crime conviction and whether it is a first or subsequent offense. San Diego law enforcement actively pursues anyone who fails to register as a sex offender.

Failure to register as a sex offender can lead to prison time. It is important to consult an experienced defense lawyer who can actively assert your rights and work to ensure you are not penalized excessively for something that may have been an oversight, unintentional or a misunderstanding. A skilled San Diego defense lawyer will work to ensure you are treated fairly by the legal system.

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Because of the social stigma associated with being registered as a sex offender, you may have law enforcement officers, court personnel or prosecutors whose attitudes are negative or who treat you differently than they would if you were not labeled as a sex offender. With San Diego Attorney James N. Dicks and his staff on your side, you will have someone fighting to protect your rights and interests.

You can benefit from our representation! We offer the following qualities:

  • More than 30 years of experience
  • Board Certified criminal law specialist
  • Former police officer detective
  • Experience trying hundreds of criminal law cases

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Sex Offender Registration in California

Sex offender registration is typically a lifetime commitment. In California, sex offenders are required to register their name and address within 5 working days of their release from jail or prison or upon the completion of their alternative sentence. They are also required to register every year within 5 working days of their birthday, their change of residence or their change of name.

Failure to register will result in the following:

  • First offense where the original sex crime conviction was a misdemeanor:
    misdemeanor offense, with a maximum sentence of 1 year in county jail
  • First offense where original sex crime conviction was a felony:
    Felony offense, with a sentence of 16 months, 2 years or 3 years in a California state prison
  • Second or subsequent offenses:
    Felony charges with a minimum sentence of 1 year in state prison

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A note from James N. Dicks:

Although COVID-19 has caused great uncertainty, we want to assure that our firm is operating remotely to accommodate all current, past, and future clients in need of any of our services. The best way to communicate with us is by telephone (760) 630-2000 or email info@jdlaw.law.

Currently San Diego Superior Courts are closed but are set to reopen on Friday May 1st, 2020 barring any
future orders.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Sending our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family. Please follow us on Facebook for any future updates.


Aunque COVID-19 ha causado una gran incertidumbre, queremos asegurarles que nuestra oficina esta operando de forma remota para todos los clientes actuales, pasados y futuros que necesiten alguno de nuestros servicios. La mejor manera de comunicarse con nosotros es por teléfono (760) 630-2000 o por correo electrónico a info@jdlaw.law.

Los Tribunales Superiores de San Diego están cerrados, pero están programados para reabrir el viernes 1 de mayo de 2020, salvo una nueva orden.

No dude en contactarnos si tiene alguna pregunta. Estamos enviando nuestros pensamientos y mejores deseos para usted y su familia. Síganos en Facebook para seguir siendo informado de novedades nuevas.


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jD LAW, P.C.

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Although COVID-19 has caused great uncertainty, we want to assure that our firm is operating remotely to accommodate all current, past, and future clients in need of any of our services. The best way to communicate with us is by telephone (760) 630-2000 or email info@jdlaw.law. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Sending our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family.


Aunque COVID-19 ha causado una gran incertidumbre, queremos asegurarles que nuestra oficina esta operando de forma remota para todos los clientes actuales, pasados y futuros que necesiten alguno de nuestros servicios. La mejor manera de comunicarse con nosotros es por teléfono (760) 630-2000 o por correo electrónico a info@jdlaw.law. No dude en contactarnos si tiene alguna pregunta. Estamos enviando nuestros pensamientos y mejores deseos para usted y su familia.

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