In Colorado, if a person is convicted of a specific unlawful sexual conduct crime, they must register as a sex offender. This requirement means that they must periodically provide their personal identifying information to a local law enforcement agency. That information may be released to members of the public and, depending on the situation, may be posted on the agency’s or the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s site. If a person fails to register, they can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense and face additional criminal penalties.
The sex offender registration requirement applies to individuals convicted of certain sex offenses.
Under CRS 16-22-102, qualifying crimes include, but are not limited to:
If a person is required to register as a sex offender, they must report to a local law enforcement agency. They must do this within 5 days of release from incarceration or after receiving notification to register (if they were not incarcerated).
When registering, they must provide the following:
The information gets stored in the law enforcement agency’s database and is sent to the CBI.
The frequency and duration of sex offender registration depend on the specific circumstances.
For many convicted sex offenders, they must register annually, within 5 days before or after their birthday.
The person may petition for relief from the registration requirement as follows:
If the person is considered a sexually violent predator. They must register every three months, and they are required to fulfill this requirement for the rest of their life.
A person may be designated a sexually violent predator if they were convicted of any of the following:
Additionally, any time a person does any of the following, they must report to their local law enforcement agency:
Failing to register as a sex offender can result in criminal charges and penalties. The punishments that can be levied depend on the level of charge the person was initially convicted of.
For a misdemeanor unlawful sexual behavior conviction, failing to register is a class 1 misdemeanor and an extraordinary risk crime.
The penalties include:
For a felony unlawful sexual behavior conviction, failing to register is a class 6 felony.
The penalties include:
If the individual does not have a permanent address, they are still required to report to a local law enforcement agency. Not doing so is an offense called failure to identify location. It’s an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
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