Sex Offender Registry – Failure to Comply – Fine

The client was charged with failing to comply with his obligations under the Sex Offender Registration Act.

He failed to disclose an email address he had active for a number of years. He had nearly completed his 8 years of Registration successfully. The client asserts he had accidentally overlooked it, because it was rarely used. He had another email that he used regularly, and that had been disclosed.

Shaun Pascoe represented our client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court.

Defence’s intention was to establish that the breach was an inadvertent mistake, rather than wilful noncompliance.

We had evidence of other instances where he had properly complied with reporting obligations, which made it more likely that it was just a slip up. He had been through some extremely difficult personal times through the period of the Order. Excellent character references were obtained.

The Magistrate was ultimately satisfied that it was on the lower end of the scale of offending and imposed a fine.


Shaun PascoeShaun Pascoe

Shaun is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist and a partner of the firm. Shaun runs the Heidelberg branch of Doogue + George.

He is an experienced criminal law solicitor and works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. Shaun handles indictable and summary criminal offences and is an expert at criminal defence for both contested and non-contested cases.

Visit Shaun's profile to read more about his background and experience.

We offer a free first consultation with people on the Sex Offender Registry who would like to discuss any issues they are having regarding compliance or possible suspension of their reporting obligation.

DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013