Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

Here in Massachusetts, the Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB) classifies convicted sex offenders and stores information in a database accessible to the public. Persons who are required to register as sex offenders include persons convicted, adjudicated delinquent, adjudicated a youthful offender, released from incarceration, parole, probation or the Department of Youth Services, adjudicated a sexually dangerous person or released from civil commitment after August 1, 1981 for one of several specified criminal offenses, including:

  • Rape
  • Aggravated rape
  • Forcible rape of a child
  • Assault with intent to commit rape
  • Indecent assault and battery (on a person age 14 or over, on a child under 14, or on a mentally handicapped person)
  • Kidnapping of a child
  • Drugging a person for sexual intercourse
  • Assault of a child with intent to commit rape
  • Enticing away for prostitution or sexual intercourse
  • Child pornography
  • Unnatural and lascivious acts with a child under 16
  • Inducing a minor into prostitution
  • Open and gross lewd and lascivious behavior, second or subsequent offense

Registration requirements differ depending on classification and other factors. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6, Section 178H, it is a crime to knowingly fail to register or fail to verify information or provide notice of change of address, employment, or school enrollment status to the SORB. It also makes it a crime to knowingly provide false information to the Board. The punishments for failure to register as a sex offender are harsh, and a solid defense is necessary.

Massachusetts Sex Crimes Attorney

Given these onerous registration requirements and the severity of failing to register as a sex offender, all Massachusetts sex crimes require serious and aggressive representation. Defense of sex charges is not for the inexperienced. Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is a top Massachusetts defense attorney with more than three decades of experience. Whether you have been charged with failure to register as a sex offender or with an underlying sex offense, Attorney Wheeler is the most qualified lawyer to handle your case.

Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973 5858

If you have been charged with failure to register as a sex offender or any Massachusetts sex crime, call the Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. at (617) 973 5858 or send Attorney Wheeler an e-mail today. You can reach his office 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.