Sex Offender Registry – Failure to Comply – Fine

This is a case study on a charge of Fail to Comply With Sex Offender Registry.

What is alleged to have occured?
The client 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.

What happened at court?
We represented the client at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court for the charge of Fail to Comply With Sex Offender Registry.

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.

What was the result?
The magistrate was ultimately satisfied that for this particular case, the way the offence of Fail to Comply With Sex Offender Registry was committed was on the lower end of the scale of offending. The client was simply sentenced to a fine as an outcome.
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