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Charged with Failing to Register as a Sex Offender in PA? We Can Help

Firstly, at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, our Pennsylvania sex crime defense lawyers are highly proficient at avoiding consequences for failing to register as a sex offender. We’re also effective in navigating the complexities of the sex offender registration system to ensure our clients’ rights are protected, and individuals fulfill all legal requirements.

For legal guidance and a free consultation with a knowledgeable sex offender registry attorney, call (412) 281-2146 or submit a request 24/7 for a free consultation. Worgul, Sarna & Ness provides experienced statewide representation and is dedicated to advocating for you.

Statewide Help with Sex Offender Registration

Based in Pittsburgh, Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys offers legal representation and support for those navigating sex offender registration in the Commonwealth

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Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2437


The Consequences of Failing to Register in PA

Failing to register as a sex offender, as mandated by law, can lead to dire consequences. These include:

  • Legal Penalties: Non-compliance can result in felony charges, substantial fines, and the possibility of additional prison time. The severity of these penalties can vary based on the jurisdiction and specifics of the original offense.
  • Impact on Personal Life: Beyond legal ramifications, failing to register can severely impact your personal and professional relationships, employment opportunities, and housing options.
  • Community Relations: Compliance is a key factor in maintaining a level of trust within your community. Failure to register can lead to increased scrutiny and stigmatization.

When Do You Need to Register As a Sex Offender?

If your original conviction stipulated that you need to register as a sex offender, you’re required to comply and register with the Pennsylvania State Police.

The law makes it clear that sex offenders must register so that the public can find out through the Internet. You need to register a valid residence if you attend school and where you’re employed.

What Counts as Failing to Register on the Sex Offender Registry in PA?

A person subject to registration commits failure to register if he or she fails to register with the Pennsylvania State Police.

They can be charged if they fail to verify their address or refuse to have their photograph taken. Someone can also be charged if they fail to provide accurate information or lie to law enforcement.

What to Do if You are Charged for Failing to Register in PA

If you’re facing charges for failing to register, taking immediate action is critical:

  1. Contact an Experienced Attorney. Your first step should be to seek legal representation. A skilled Pennsylvania sex offense attorney with experience in sex offender registration cases can offer the strategic advice and defense you need.
  2. Gather Documentation. Compile any documents related to your original offense and any communication regarding your registration. This information will be invaluable to your attorney.
  3. Prepare for Your Consultation. Be ready to discuss the details of your case openly and honestly with your lawyer. The more information they have, the better they can defend you.

Once you’ve hired a lawyer, make sure that you don’t speak with law enforcement or prosecutors without them. Your lawyer can help you avoid further prosecution.

FAQs about Failing to Register as a Sexual Offender in PA

What if I move to another state?

It’s critical to understand that sex offense laws vary state by state. Each state has its own requirements for its sex offender registries. Some allow more time to register or some may not notify your neighbors automatically.

Before you leave the Commonwealth, you should discuss your circumstances with a Pennsylvania sex crime lawyer.

How often do I need to update my registration information?

Whether you’re finding a new job, going to a new school, or having a new address, you have a deadline of three business days to update your sex offender registry information. You must report in person.

Can I challenge my requirement to register?

Whatever crime you were convicted of will determine how long you must register with the sex offender registry. While you can appeal your criminal conviction, you should talk to your attorney before challenging your registration requirement.

You may not need to register if you are pardoned. If your conviction is reversed, set aside, or vacated, you may not need to continue to register. Talk to an experienced attorney about any other exceptions.

What if I Didn’t Receive A Notice To Register?

Even if it is the Pennsylvania State Police’s responsibility to send you a notice or even information about registering, it’s on you to complete your registration. You cannot use their failure as a defense for missing your registration deadline.

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As a defense attorney, Matthew Ness believes that the rights of people accused of crimes are worth upholding and fighting for. He does that every day as a trial defense lawyer. Matthew upholds his clients’ rights to fair and speedy trials, just punishment, and not having rights violated. He’s ready to help you in your sex crimes case. He understands what’s at stake.

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Why Choose Worgul, Sarna & Ness?

Our attorneys bring a wealth of experience and prior success in assisting people by aggressively defending them of sexual offense allegations. Our Pennsylvania sex crime defense law firm is recognized for:

  • Skill & Impressive Results in Sex Offense Cases
  • Exhaustive Independent Investigations & Tailored Strategies
  • Client-Focused Representation & Comprehensive Advocacy
  • Statewide Availability & Ongoing Legal Support

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Worried about Sex Offender Registration in PA? Get a Free Consult

If you’re concerned about violating your restrictions as a sex offender or have been accused of a sex crime that mandates registration in PA, you need to take the matter seriously and seek immediate legal counsel. At Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, our team handles sex offense cases across the state and crafts effective defenses to protect your reputation, rights, and freedom.

Don’t wait to protect yourself. Call (412) 281-2146 or submit a request 24/7 for a free consultation. An experienced sex crime lawyer in Pennsylvania will explain your options and what comes next.