Failure To Register As A Sex Offender In Pennsylvania
When you have been convicted of a sex crime, your life will change in many ways. Upon completing your initial sentence, you will be required to register as a sex offender with the state. Should you fail to do so, the penalties can be severe. If you have been charged with a sex crime or have been charged with failure to register as a sex offender, here are some ways we can help.
Stripped of Your Rights
In many of these cases, we find ourselves working with individuals who have had many of their basic rights threatened or stripped from them altogether. No matter what you may have been charged with by police and prosecutors, we realize there are always two sides to every story. By hiring a criminal attorney in Philadelphia, residents now understand the law and will fight hard to protect their constitutional rights, you can fight the charges against you.
Penalties for Failing to Register
Under the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act, better known as SORNA, the penalties for failing to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania are quite severe. In fact, depending on the severity of your original conviction, you could find yourself facing anywhere from a first to a third-degree felony. Along with this, you could be facing not only a fine of as much as $25,000 but also life imprisonment. Due to the serious consequences that could follow failing to register, hire the best defense attorney Philadelphia residents trust to handle your case.
Misunderstandings and Miscommunication
Since it is embarrassing to be charged with any type of sex crime, we often find misunderstandings and miscommunication often occur between defendants, law enforcement, and the courts in these matters. As a result, there are times when defendants do not have requirements clearly explained to them, or may in fact believe they have properly registered themselves as sex offenders when they have not. Unfortunately, this matters little to prosecutors, who will be quick to assume the worst and push for the maximum punishment. Rather than let a misunderstanding land you in prison for decades, hire an attorney who will fight for you each step of the way.
If you are in need of legal counsel after being charged with a sex crime or with failure to register, contact the criminal defense team here at the Law Offices of Richard J. Fuschino Jr. for a consultation.