Sex Offender Registry In Virginia – Will I have to register?

Clients who have been charged with a sexual offense in Virginia have many questions about the criminal justice process. One of the first questions I’m often asked is whether they will have to register as a sex offender. This question deals with Virginia’s Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, outlined in Chapter 9 of Title 9.1 of the Virginia Code. My answer is almost always some variation of “it depends.”

Sex Offender Registry In Virginia

Sex Offender Registry In Virginia

If you are convicted of certain crimes in Virginia, you are required to register on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry. Offenses which require registration are listed in Virginia Code §9.1-902 and include Carnal Knowledge of a Child Between Age 13 and 15 (§18.2-63), Reproduction of Child Pornography (§18.2-374.1:1(C)) and second or subsequent conviction for Possession of Child Pornography (§18.2-374.1:1(B)), Solicitation of a Minor in certain circumstances (18.2-374.3), and third or subsequent convictions for Sexual Battery (§18.2-67.4). Mandatory registration an also be triggered by conviction of an offense deemed “sexually violent” as defined in 9.1-902.

It goes without saying that inclusion on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry can cause problems long after the conviction itself. Registration can make it difficult to gain and keep employment, and may subject you to unwanted attention within your neighborhood. It is critical that your attorney understands the Registry and those offenses which can trigger mandatory registration, so that he or she can work toward a resolution that avoids registration.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a sex crime and are facing the possibility of being included on the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry, contact us for a consultation immediately. The attorneys at Sris, P.C. regularly represent clients charged with serious criminal offenses and have significant experience with these kinds of cases. Contact our law firm for help and speak with a lawyer who has experience in this area of the law. We have client meeting locations in Fairfax Prince William Richmond Loudoun Virginia Beach Fredericksburg Lynchburg.

Article contributed by Robert Combs
Sris Law Group


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