If you are convicted as a sex offender in Utah, you must comply with all court orders as well as the terms of your sentencing. You must also register publicly as a sex offender, with both the state and the city you live in.
Our state’s registry laws are widely regarded as some of the most stringent in the United States.
Utah’s Sex Offender Registry Overview
All convictions require registration for 10 years after the termination of sentence. Repeat offenders and those convicted of aggravated sexual offenses must register for life.
And although it may sound like all you have to do is register and go on with your life, that’s simply not the case. You must also follow the accompanying rules to the letter.
Following the Rules of Sex Offender Registry
In addition to registering in accordance with Utah statutes, convicted sex offenders must follow a long list of rules. Based on the type of conviction, offenders fall into either Group A (those whose crime involved a minor) or Group B (those whose crime did not involve a minor).
The specifics of the rules vary based on which group you fall into, but Group A is subject to a number of extra restrictions.
Breaking any of the rules is considered a crime in Utah, subjecting you to additional charges. In addition, each time you break a rule, your registry term is extended by another year.
Sex Offender Registration Rules Vary by City
Each city also has its own set of rules.
For example, Salt Lake City’s sex crimes registry requires that you schedule an appointment to update your information every six months. You must also provide an update within three days of changing your residence, job, vehicle or school.
In Murray, Utah, you must report to the police station Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register. You must bring approximately 15 different documents and pieces of information, including all of your internet and social media identities. You must do this twice each year.
As you can see, registering as a sex offender is much more than one-time event, and just one more reason you should fight arduously for justice if you’re facing sex crimes charges.
The Law Offices of David Paul White & Associates will fight to ensure that you receive the full and fair benefits of justice, and that all of your rights under the law are protected.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact us immediately. We have convenient locations in Murray, Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation, and to learn more about the challenges that face you if convicted as a sex offender.