The Harsh Realities Of Sex Offender Registration In Colorado
The Colorado Sex Offender Registry is an extensive database that contains specific information about convicted sex offenders within the state of Colorado. Maintained by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Colorado Sex Offender Registry lists the names, addresses and specific convictions for sex offenders in an effort to keep the public informed so they can protect themselves and their families.
Although not every person convicted of a sex crime will be legally required to register as a Colorado sex offender, many convicts are legally required to do so, and failing to register and abide by the Colorado Sex Offender Registry requirements could result in a person facing additional criminal charges (i.e., failure to register as a sex offender and/or probation or parole violation charges).
Colorado Sex Offender Registry Requirements
According to Colorado law (C.R.S. 16-22-110), sex offenders who are legally required to register include those who were:
- Convicted on or after July 1, 1991, of any sex crime in which a child was a victim and/or any unlawful sex offense
- Convicted on or after July 1, 1991, of any sex crime in another state (or under military or federal jurisdiction) that, if committed in Colorado, would require them to register as a Colorado sex offender
- Released from the Department of Corrections on or after July 1, 1991, for any sex offense
- Convicted on or after July 1, 1994, and received a deferred sentence in Colorado or any other state for a sex offense.
These individuals must register as Colorado sex offenders with the law enforcement agency in the city or county in which they live, and they must:
- Register under all names they have ever used within five days of being released from prison or jail, setting up a permanent or temporary residence in Colorado and/or setting up secondary or additional residences in the state
- Re-register any time they legally change their name and/or move
- Register the next business day as a sex offender if they are released from the Department of Corrections without any court-ordered supervision
Lifetime Sex Offender Registration
Colorado law (C.R.S. 16-22-110) requires that individuals who have been convicted of certain sex crimes within the state (or within other states) register with the Colorado Sex Offender Registry after their case has been adjudicated and/or after being released from custody.
When registering as a Colorado sex offender, a person is required to supply his name (and all names he has ever gone by), the nature of his sex crime convictions, his date of birth and the addresses of all locations where he resides. Depending on the nature of the sex crime conviction, a person may be required to re-register with his local law enforcement agency every few months for a period of years, or in more serious cases, he may be obligated to re-register more frequently (i.e., every 90 days) for the rest of his life.
Lifetime Colorado sex offender registration is generally mandated by the courts for convictions of the most egregious sex crimes, including those that involve:
- Sexual assault on a child
- Sexual assault on a child by a person holding a position of trust (like a teacher, a doctor, a coach, a religious leader, etc.)
- Incest or aggravated incest
- First-degree or second-degree sexual assault
- Sex crimes involving violent crimes, including (but not limited to) assault with a deadly weapon and homicide.
Should a person who has been ordered to lifetime Colorado sex offender registration fail to register, he can be charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, which may be a:
- Class 6 felony for first-time offenders
- Class 5 felony if that individual has previously been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender (in any state).
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