Sexual Offender Registration
Sex offender registration is required in cases where a defendant is convicted of a sex offense. It is a very important component to the many penalties that convicted sex offenders face in the Colorado criminal justice system. Registration can obviously have a substantial impact on a persons ability to find and maintain employment and housing, and may substantially affect other areas of the sex offenders life.
Convicted sex offenders are required to register with the Colorado county they live in. They must do this annually for as long as their sentence requires them to do so. Registrants are required to register within 5 days of their birthday. The registrant’s information, including name, address, physical description, and photo (in some cases) may be displayed on the sex offender registration website.
Removal From The Registry
An offender can petition to be removed from the sex offender registry, but it is only allowed if certain requirements are met. If a person committed a class 1, 2, or 3 felony, they are eligible to file for removal from the registry after a period of 20 years from the date they are released from prison, or probation. If the offender was convicted of a class 4, 5, or 6 felony, or misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact, the offender is eligible to file for removal after 10 years from the release date from prison or probation. Finally, a person can petition for removal after 5 years following their sentence discharge if they were convicted of any other misdemeanor involving unlawful sexual behavior. Note that these timelines allow only for the offender to petition for removal. A judge may deny removal for a variety of reasons, depending on the circumstances involved.