How Long a Crime Will Keep You on the Texas Sex Offender Registry


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Updated August 23, 2022

Sex-related charges are incredibly serious charges that can inexorably alter the course of your life—even after you serve your sentence. If you are ultimately convicted of a sex crime, you will very likely serve time behind bars. Once you have done your time, you will probably be subject to further penalties, such as being added to the state's sex offender registry.

If you have been convicted of a sex crime, contact a Killeen criminal defense lawyer to discuss your options for being removed from the sex offender registry.

Crimes that Commonly Carry a 10-Year Term on the Sex Registry

Some sexually based crimes, including those listed below, carry a 10-year term on the Texas sex offender registry:

  • Indecent exposure

  • Online solicitation of a minor

  • Indecency with a child

  • Indecency with a child by sexual contact

  • Prostitution

Crimes that Are Likely to Land You on the List for Life

If you are convicted of any of the following sexually based crimes, you may be required to stay on the sex offenders list for life:

  • Kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping

  • Human trafficking

  • Burglary

  • Sexual assault

  • Continuous sexual abuse of a minor

  • Possession or promotion of child pornography

  • Compelling the prostitution of a minor

You may, however, have legal options to be removed from the registry after you have successfully served your sentence. If you are able to smoothly reintegrate into society and to refocus your life on healthy, legal pursuits, you may have a chance at early termination of your sex offender registration.

While this process is daunting, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can make all the difference. Contact a Killeen criminal defense lawyer today to get started on the process of removing your name from the sex offender registry.

Bringing Your Strongest Defense

The best way to stay off the sex offender registry is obviously to bring your most robust defense and not be convicted in the first place. Any of the following defense strategies may be useful in your situation:

  • The charges are a mistake (you did not commit the crime).

  • The statute of limitations related to the alleged crime has run its course (the alleged crime happened too long ago).

  • The alleged victim was a consenting adult.

  • The physical evidence involved is insignificant or lacking in integrity.

  • There is reasonable doubt that you committed the crime in question.

Every charge is unique to the circumstances involved. You and your dedicated criminal defense lawyer will carefully weigh the evidence and the particulars related to your case in your efforts to craft a strong defense that directly addresses the charge you face.

Do Not Delay Consulting with an Experienced Killeen Criminal Defense Lawyer

A sexually-based charge and conviction can alter the course of your life in ways you may not have even considered. In addition to the legal consequences, there are the social implications that can affect your ability to keep your job, rent a home, and much more.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is an imposing criminal defense lawyer committed to aggressively advocating in defense of your rights to help bring about your case's best possible resolution.

We care about your case, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at (254) 781-4222 for more information today.

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