For many different types of sex crime charges in Colorado, a conviction means that you need to add your name to the sex offender registry, but this is not a hard and fast rule that applies to all offenses. It is very important for anyone who is facing charges of this type to know if a conviction will mean that he or she has to register.
For example, if the assault involves at-risk individuals, you may not have to register. It is not mandatory in cases involving both adults and juveniles who are considered to be at-risk, even in cases where the person who allegedly committed the offense was in a position of trust.
However, that is not to say that these charges do not come with strict ramifications. Many of them are Class 2 and Class 3 felonies. Some of them come with sentences ranging from four years to 12 years, while others could bring sentences from eight years to 24 years.
It is also worth noting that the whole case will be considered to determine if registration is required. For instance, someone could be facing multiple related charges. While one of them might fall into the category listed above and not require registration, another charge may make it mandatory -- such as soliciting someone for prostitution. If convicted on all counts, registration would still be necessary for the pre-determined time period.
Registration, if needed, is not optional. In fact, failing to do so can result in more charges. Therefore, knowing what legal steps must be taken is crucial for anyone who is involved in a court case over charges of this nature.
Source: Colorado.gov, "Registration and Sex Offenders in the Community" Oct. 14, 2014