Lexington Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Lawyer

After a conviction for a sex crime, the State of Kentucky requires the convicted party to register with a sex offender. If you fail to meet the registration requirements, you can be charged with the entirely new crime of “Failing to Register as a Sex Offender.” 

If you have been charged with Failing to Register, you need a Lexington failure to register as a sex offender lawyer on your side. Oakley & Oakley, LLC has experienced criminal defense attorneys in Lexington, Kentucky, ready to begin fighting for you. 

The sex offender registration process can be very confusing. We understand the sensitive nature of your situation and can advocate for your rights. Contact us in Lexington, KY, for a discrete and confidential consultation about your case. 

How Can Oakley & Oakley, LLC Help Me After I’ve Been Accused of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in Lexington, KY?

How Can Oakley & Oakley, LLC Help Me After I’ve Been Accused of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in Lexington, KY?

The lawyers at Oakley & Oakley, LLC have over 15 years of experience advocating for clients accused of sex crimes in the Lexington area. We’ve defended clients against charges of rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, child molestion, child pornography, sodomy, indecent exposure, and other sex crimes.

Managing Partner John “Jay” Oakley has a reputation for representing his clients aggressively; he will leave no stone unturned when it comes to building your defense. 

When you hire our team to represent you, we will

  • Listen to your full side of the story
  • Assert your Constitutional rights to silence and to counsel
  • Utilize our own investigators to gather favorable evidence
  • Negotiating with prosecutors for a reduction or dismissal of charges
  • Fight for you at trial and make the prosecution prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt

Failure to register is a serious charge. When you hire our team, you are not alone. We will be there for you throughout this difficult process. 

Who is Required to Register as a Sex Offender in Lexington, Kentucky?

Under Kentucky law, any person who has been convicted of a sex crime must comply with the registration requirement of this section. KRS 17.510(6).

Essentially, any felony sex crime conviction requires registration as a sex offender. Whether someone was convicted by a jury, pled guilty, or entered an Alford Plea to a sex crime, they are “sex offenders” and required to register. 

The State is required to inform you of your duty to register, either in court or before your release from custody. It is required to have you sign an acknowledgement form and must order you to register at a local probation and parole office. 

Once registered, registrants are subject to many requirements. Some examples include providing updated photos to the State, updating the State with address changes, and notifying the State in advance of any travel. 

Depending on your conviction, you may be subject to either lifetime registration as a sex offender or a twenty-year registration period after release from custody. 

The complexity of the Lexington sex offender registration laws is enough to make anyone’s head spin! It is no wonder so many people end up in trouble for failing to comply with this system. It is as if the State sets you up to fail. 

Our attorneys want to help you fight back against accusations of wrongful conduct. You may not have even known you were breaking the law!

What Penalties Am I Facing for Failing to Register as a Sex offender?

The penalties for failing to register are extremely serious. If you are accused of this crime, contact our Lexington failure to register as a sex offender lawyer at Oakley & Oakley, LLC.

Anyone who knowingly fails to register as a sex offender is guilty of a Class D Felony for a first offense and a Class C Felony for subsequent offenses.

Similarly, anyone who knowingly provides incomplete, false, or misleading information is guilty of a Class D Felony for a first offense and a Class C Felony for subsequent offenses. 

Under Kentucky law, a Class D Felony is punishable by at least one year of imprisonment and a maximum of five years of imprisonment.

A Class C Felony is punishable by at least five years imprisonment and a maximum of ten years of imprisonment. 

Oakley & Oakley, LLC will stand up for your rights. We will push back against accusations that you have broken the law and fight to avoid these severe penalties. 

What Defenses Might Be Available to the Crime Failing to Register as a Sex Offender? 

The crime of failing to register as a sex offender is a uniquely complex crime due to the lengthy laws on the books. Our lawyers are prepared to break down your case and analyze it from every possible angle to build your defense. 

Some common defenses include:

  • The State failed to fulfill its notice requirements
  • Lack of knowledge or intent 
  • The State mishandled the registration process
  • You did not perform the wrongful conduct you are accused of
  • Your rights were violated by police

Your situation is unique, and not all of these will apply. There may even be a different defense available to you. Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys to discuss your situation. 

Contact Oakley & Oakley, LLC to Begin Building Your Defense

Accusations of failing to register as a sex offender can derail your life. In the face of these accusations, retain qualified Lexington failure to register as a sex offender lawyer. Contact us right away for your free and confidential consultation.