If you’ve ever faced penalties for aggravated sexual assault, indecency with a child, or other sex crimes in Texas, you know that these crimes have severe consequences and come with a long list of sex offender rules. In addition to possible fines and jail time, you will be required to join the Texas Sex Offender Registry for a period of time that could range from a year to life.
In addition to your name and conviction being easily discoverable by neighbors and employers, as a registered sex offender, rules will dictate nearly every part of your life. That said, sex offenders’ rights still exist, even in Texas. Learn about how the Texas Sex Offender Registry works, the Texas Sex Offender Registry requirements, and find out about sex offenders’ rights in Texas.
Texas Sex Offender Rules & Laws
If you are convicted of one or more crimes considered sexual in nature, you will more than likely be required to join the Texas Sex Offender Registry and will need to learn about the Texas sex offender laws. While there are a variety of crimes that can require you to register as a sex offender, some of the most common are:
- Sexual Assault
- Indecency with a Child (learn more about online solicitation of a minor in Texas and sexting)
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure (learn more about what is considered indecent exposure)
- Statutory Rape
If you are ordered to join the public sex offender registry, it’s part of the convicted sex offender rules to register in a timely fashion, or else you may find yourself being arrested again.
- If you are not sentenced to jail, you have 72 hours to register as a sex offender before a warrant is issued for your arrest.
- If you are paroled of released from jail following a sex crime conviction, you will be required to register as a sex offender immediately after you are released.
Sex Offender Registry Penalties in Texas
When registering as a sex offender, you must register in both the county you live in and the county where you were sentenced. Additionally, sex offender rules dictated that you provide a range of information about yourself, including your name, address, phone number, and place of employment. This information (including whether you committed a sexually violent offense) will be included in your profile as a sex offender and will be visible to people who search the registry.
The limits on your privacy don’t stop there — as a registered sex offender, you will be required to meet with your supervising officer on a regular basis. A sex offenders’ rights can feel limiting: any moves, new jobs, or travel plans will have to be registered and cleared before you can take any action. Your supervising officer may also forbid you from being near certain locations that could tie into your case.
Note that these rules and penalties may differ from the National Sex Offender Registry.
Texas Sex Offender Registry FAQ
“How long do you have to register as a sex offender in Texas?”
In Texas, sex offenders are either required to register for ten years, or for the rest of their life. Nothing less, nothing in-between. If you are sentenced to time in prison, your time on the registry will begin when you get out. Time served is not part of a sex offender’s rights with regard to registration; it does not count towards the sex offender registry.
“Is there any way to get off the Texas Sex Offender Registry Early ?”
Generally speaking, convicted sex offenders are required to serve out their full term on the Texas Sex Offender Registry. However, it is part of a sex offender’s rights to de-register if your conviction is overturned or you are otherwise exonerated.
“What are sex offenders’ rights in Texas?”
Although it may feel like there are more sex offender rules than sex offender rights, sex offenders do still have rights in Texas. While you will be restricted from voting, owning a firearm, and using drugs or alcohol among other things, you are allowed to work, drive, and enlist an attorney.
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