Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Brockton, Massachusetts
It’s like a life sentence. Convicted of a sexual offense, guilty or not, after serving your time and paying any penalties, you must register as a sex offender, often for the rest of your life. You are condemned to wear the Scarlet Letter; only no one has sympathy for you. You are a social pariah and everyone wants to know where you live so they can avoid you, or bully you and call you names. The Brockton police especially want to know where you live. Keeping track of you is part of their job. Registering is your responsibility, however.
At all times, you need to be registered with the Brockton police. If by clerical error, or any other oversight you aren’t notified or somehow slip through the cracks, the onerous is on you to make it right. Depending on your level of offense, you may be required to verify your information every 45 days. You also need to pay for these services. You must pay $75.00 annually to the Sex Offender Registry. The rules and regulations for registering in Massachusetts are many and varied. Ignorance is not a good defense. You can download from this Massachusetts Government website, all the laws applicable to your responsibilities for registering as a sex offender. Sections 178c – 178p apply to you.
Failure to Register
Failure to register as a sex offender, can apply to all of the laws and statutes contained in the Massachusetts code above. Failure to comply with these regulations carries serious jail time, from a minimum of 6 months, up to 1½ year in prison. The various rules, as mentioned above, put the burden of responsibility on you. Even though you are doing all you can to comply, you may find yourself in violation because of oversights and mistakes within the system.
Defenses for Failure to Register
As a sex offender, (or any kind of offender), there are laws that protect you from discriminatory prosecution or any violation of your right to due process and a fair trial. Even if you did violate a rule, there may have been extenuating circumstances. However, only a skilled Criminal Defense Attorney with experience defending Failure to Register as a Sex Offender clients can help you in these circumstances. I know how to defend you for any type of Failure to Register violation. You should never try to go it alone.
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