California Penal Code 290

Are you facing charges for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender? Violation of California Penal Code Section 290 is a misdemeanor offense, but can result in serious penalties. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, you could face years in state prison. At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our sex offense lawyers have experience assisting those faced with a wide variety of different sex crimes and can help you to better understand your charges as well as the potential penalties that you face. Call us today to speak with one of our dedicated attorneys for free.


PC 290 Defined


Anyone who fails to register as a sex offender after being mandated to by the court can be found guilty of violating PC 290.


In order to prosecute for Orange County CPC 290, the state has the burden to prove you were guilty of:


  • Being charged with sex crimes listed under the code
  • You are a resident of the state of California
  • You knew you were obligated to register as a sex offender
  • You ignored this duty intentionally


Penalties for Violating PC 290


The penalties or punishment for failure to register as a sex offender depend on a number of factors including what type of sex offense you were convicted of (felony or misdemeanor), and those found guilty of violating this CA Penal Code can face:


  • If you were convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense – Up to I Year in the Orange County Jail
  • If you were convicted of a felony sex offense – 16 months, 2/3 Years in the California State Prison


Other Potential Penalties:


Failing to register as a sex offender can subject offenders to the California Three Strike Law, which may in turn result in prison time. In addition, offenders are required to update their personal information at annual intervals mandated by the State of California. Some offenders receive probation for their offense, but violate their terms and are charged with a probation violation as well. An attorney can help you determine what options make sense for you to help you avoid future problems.


If you are facing failure to register as a sex offender for Penal Code 290 and were falsely accused, the OC criminal defense attorneys at MacGregor & Collins can help you. We will bring superior legal experience to aid you in this challenging time. Call us today at (888) 250-2865.

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