Moreover, according to reports, Sabra is a registered sex offender in the state of Georgia. He is currently in the county jail without bond.
In today's post, and as a Georgia Sex Crimes Lawyer, I will outline the offense of failing to register as a sex offender in Georgia. Now this is not what Sabra has been accused of - however, most individuals are unaware of the crimes that require registration as well as the penalties if someone fails to register.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Georgia
There are certain crimes which require the individual (if convicted of the crime) to register as a Sex Offender in Georgia. These offenses include but are not limited to:
- Aggravated Child Molestation in Georgia
- Aggravated Sodomy
- Public Indecency in Georgia
- Rape in Georgia
- Sexual Assault in Georgia
As I mentioned above, the list is not exclusive. There are many other offenses that can lead to the necessary registration to the Official Sex Registry List.
According to the Georgia Code, in O.C.G.A. §42-1-12, the criminal offense of failure to register as a sex offender in Georgia is outlined as violating the any of the following rules regarding registration:
1. Provide the required information to the appropriate law enforcement official before you are released from prison or placed on parole, supervised release, or probation;
2. Register in person with the sheriff of the county in which you reside within 72 hours after your release
3. If you are homeless, you still have 72 hours to notify the sheriff of the county where you sleep.
If an individual fails to register as a sex offender in Georgia, there are serious repercussions. For a first time conviction for failing to register is punished by a prison term between one and thirty years. For a second time conviction for failing to register will be a prison term between five and thirty years.
The most important takeaway about this criminal offense is that it is what is commonly referred to as a strict liability crime. This means that the intent behind the failure to register is unimportant. Regardless of whether or not the failure to register was done on purpose or by accident - if an individual fails to register, then he or she will be charged with the crime.
This is where a Georgia Sex Crimes Attorney comes in. There are defenses to this crime. We can argue on your behalf in the case of a wrongful accusation. There are always options regarding an arrest - remember, an arrest is not a conviction. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a sex crime in Georgia, contact our offices today.