Washington DC Sex Crimes Lawyer
Committing a sexual offense can lead to years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines in addition to the social stigma of being labeled a sex offender. An attorney with our firm will work tirelessly to make sure that your rights are protected throughout your entire case including an initial investigation. We also have attorneys focused on Maryland sex crimes as well.
The code of Washington DC recognizes the issue of mental health in the commitment of sex crimes, and discusses the use of psychiatric examinations and the duties of the Department of Mental Health in its code. Chapter 40 outlines the process of sex offender registration, including the duties of registered sex offenders, penalties for violating sex offender registry requirements, and the rules regarding community notification of information regarding sex offenders.
From 2011 to 2012, sex offenses rose from 171 to 258 in the District of Columbia. However, the rate of some particularly troubling offense fell considerably. In 2010, forcible rape was reported 187 times. In 2011, 173 instances were reported. Out of 100,000 inhabitants, this was a rate decrease from 30.9 to 28.
Sex Offender Registration
Generally, the registration period starts once a person is convicted of a crime requiring sex offender registry. Although it varies depending on the crime of which the person was convicted, registration may continued to be required until the expiration of any time served on probation, parole, supervised release, conditional release, or convalescent leave, or 10 years after a person who is deemed a “sex offender” is placed on probation, parole, supervised release, conditional release, or convalescent leave, or is unconditionally released from a correctional facility, prison, hospital, or other place of confinement (whichever is latest). It is important to note, however, that for some crimes, a person may be required to register as a sex offender for his or her entire life.
In some cases a person may have to register as a sex offender throughout his or her entire life. This applies to people who have been convicted of a lifetime registration offense. Some examples of lifetime registration offenses include first or second degree sexual abuse and first degree child sexual abuse committed against a person under 12 years of age.
Duties of Sex Offenders
There are specific things a sex offender must do during the registration period. They are as follows:
- Register as a sex offender with the Agency
- Cooperate with identification requirements, and provide all other required information
- Report any changes such as change of address to the Agency
- Periodically verify an address and other registration info
- Notify the agency if living, working or going to school in another state, and register in that state
- Acknowledge receipt of information regarding sex offender duties
- Meet with officials as required for purposes of carrying out any sex offender registration requirements
To ensure that you are doing all that is legally required of you under these laws, enlist the help of our sex crimes attorneys in Washington DC.
As stated in DC Code 22-4015(a), violating any part of the sex offender laws can lead to up to $1,000 in fines and imprisonment of up to 180 days. Prior convictions of this same offense can lead to $12,500 in fines and 5 years in prison.
When you need the best defense in the event that you are charged with a sexual offense or sentencing, contact a Washington DC sex crimes lawyer from our firm. We promise to represent you with fairness, and always treat you with respect. Call today for your free initial consultation.