More Facts about Registering as a Colorado Sex Offender
Fact 3 – People are required to register where they live and/or go to school.
This is a key element of the Colorado sex offender registry requirements, and it specifically mandates that a person who has been ordered to register as a Colorado sex offender:
- Register with the law enforcement agency in the city or town in which he lives (If a person lives outside of city or town limits, he will have to register as a Colorado sex offender with the county sheriff’s department.)
- Register in every jurisdiction in which he has a residence
- Register in the jurisdiction in which he attends school (even if he works at or simply volunteers at this school).
Additionally, a person will have to reregister every time he moves – including if he ends up moving out of state. If a person does not have a fixed residence, then he will be required to notify the registration agency in the area in which he will remain. In these cases, the individual will have to re-notify the agency on a monthly basis by showing up to the agency in person (to verify he is still in that jurisdiction).
Fact 4 – The length of time people are required to register will depend on the specific offense associated with the conviction.
Although people who have been deemed by the courts to be “sexually violent predators” will be required to register as a Colorado sex offender for the remainder of their natural lives, people convicted of less serious sex offenses will have specific durations for their registration requirements. These can range from being 5 years to as much as 20 years, depending on the nature of the sex offense for which they were convicted.
In general, these time limits are as follows:
- For Class 1, 2 or 3 felony sex crimes, people will typically have to register as a Colorado sex offender for 20 years, after which time they can petition the courts to release them of this requirement.
- For Class 4, 5, or 6 felony sex crimes (as well as for third-degree sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact), people will typically have to register for 10 years, after which they can petition for the release of this requirement.
- For other misdemeanor sex offense, people will generally have to register for at least 5 years.
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