Failure To Register And Notify As A Sex Offender — Louisiana Law

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Failure to Register and Notify as a Sex Offender — La.R.S. 15:542.1.4

A person who fails to register, periodically renew and update registration, provide proof of residence or notification of change of address or other registration information, or provide community notification as required by law, and a person who knowingly provides false information to a law enforcement agency when registering, shall, upon first conviction, be fined not more than $1,000 and imprisoned with hard labor for not less than 2 years nor more than 10 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

Second and Subsequent Convictions

Upon second or subsequent convictions, the offender shall be fined $3,000 and imprisoned with hard labor for not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

Failure to Pay Registration Fee

An offender who fails to pay the annual registration fee in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 15:542 shall be fined not more than $500 dollars, imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both.  Upon a second or subsequent conviction for the failure to pay the annual registration fee, the offender shall be punished in accordance with the provisions above.

 

Failure to Notify

Any person who certifies by affidavit the location of the residence of the offender shall send written notice to the appropriate law enforcement agency with whom the person last registered when the offender no longer resides at the residence provided in the affidavit.  This notification shall be made any time the sex offender is absent from the residence for a period of thirty days or more, or the offender vacates the residence with the intent to establish a new residence at another location.  This notification shall be sent within three days of the end of the thirty-day period or within three days of the offender vacating the residence with the requisite intent.

Any person who fails to provide the notice required by this Subsection shall be fined not more than f$500 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, with or without hard labor, or both. — This is a misdemeanor.

 

Sex Offender Drivers License and Identification Card Violations

Any person required to register as a sex offender with the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information shall obtain a special identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections which shall contain a restriction code declaring that the holder is a sex offender. This special identification card shall include the words “sex offender” in all capital letters which are orange in color and shall be valid for a period of 1 year from the date of issuance.  This special identification card shall be carried on the person at all times by the individual required to register as a sex offender.

Any person who either fails to meet the requirements those requirments or is in posession of a documents that has been altered with the intent to defraud, or who is in possession of a counterfeit of any document required above, shall, on a first conviction, be fined not more than $1000 dollars and imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 2 years nor more than 10 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Upon a second or subsequent conviction for a violation of the provisions above, the offender shall be fined $3000 and imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

 

If you are being charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender La.R.S. 15:542.1.4, contact our law firm — we have a history of aggressively defending these cases.

 

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