If you have been found guilty and convicted of a sex offence, you may be required to register with the Canada sex offender registry and update certain information with them on a regular basis. In addition, if you fail to register as required, you may end up facing new charges, not to mention harsher criminal penalties.
If you have been charged with and convicted of a sex crime and have been ordered to register as a sex offender, the Calgary criminal defence lawyers at Bourdon Defence can answer all your legal questions and ensure that you are meeting all the court’s requirements.
Obligation to Report
Individuals who have been found guilty and convicted of a sex offence—and who are required to register as a sex offender—must report to a registration centre within 7 days after any change of main residence, (or, if they have been ordered to report to a registration centre designated under the National Defence Act, within 15 days after the change of address). Similar requirements are in place when a registered sex offender does any of the following:
- Changes his given name or surname
- Receives a driver’s licence
- Receives a passport
As a general rule, sex offenders must also report to a registration centre at any time between 11 months and one year after they last reported there.
Means of Reporting
In cases where a sex offender is required to report to a registration centre, then she must usually appear in person—and on the reporting dates established by the most recent order or obligation set forth in the Criminal Code, National Defence Act, or International Transfer of Offenders Act.
Sex Offenders Outside of Canada
If a sex offender is temporarily outside of Canada on a date when he is required to report, then the offender is required to report to the centre no later than 7 days after returning to Canada.
When a sex offender reports to a registration centre, she must provide the following information to the intake person at the centre:
- Given name and surname
- Date of birth
- Address information
- Employment address information
- Educational institution address information (if currently in school)
- Telephone number
- Height and weight
- Description of any physical distinguishing marks
- Vehicle information, including licence plate number and make/model of car
- Passport information
- When a sex offender reports to a registration centre, the information intake person may also ask questions about when and where he was convicted of the sex offence.
Contact a Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Consultation and Case Evaluation
Penalties for Calgary sex offence convictions can be harsh, and the penalties for failing to register or update information can be even harsher. The lawyers at Bourdon Defence are ready and willing to answer all your legal questions and concerns regarding registry compliance. To schedule a free consultation or case evaluation with a Calgary criminal defence lawyer, please call us today at (403) 474-4143 or contact us online.