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About Texas Sex Offender Registration

In Texas, when individuals commit certain sexually-motivated crimes, they will be required by law to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, commonly referred to as the Texas “Sex Offender Registration Program.”

The Texas Sex Offender Registration Program is the state’s sex offender registration and public notification law, which is meant to notify and protect the public about convicted sex offenders.

Under this law, both adult and juvenile sex offenders are required to register with the law enforcement agency in the city where they live. If the offender does not live in a city, he or she must register with the law enforcement agency in the county where they live.

Reporting Requirements are Strictly Enforced

The sex offender must provide their personal information to their local law enforcement agency, including their name and address, the offense they were convicted of, and a color photograph of themselves.

The registered sex offender is required to periodically report back to their local law enforcement agency to ensure that all information is accurate and up-to-date. If there are any changes in their employment or residential address, the offender is required to report those changes when they occur.

The sex offender will be informed about their reporting requirements. If the offender fails to comply with any of their reporting requirements, they will be subject to felony prosecution. For example, failing to update their new address can lead to felony charges and imprisonment.

Public Notification of Registered Sex Offenders

Once someone is registered as a sex offender, the public will be notified. The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) is in charge of maintaining a statewide sex offender database, which contains all the information regarding registered sex offenders in Texas.

According to Texas’ state law, most of the information contained in the TXDPS database is available to the public. How does the public obtain this information? All they have to do is go to the TXDPS website.

In addition to the TXDPS sex offender database, each law enforcement agency in the state has their own sex offender registry, which maintains the registration information on each of the offenders registered with the specific law enforcement agency.

Facts about sex offender registration:

  • Most sex offender registration information is available to the public, on the local and state levels.
  • Some local law enforcement agencies maintain local websites so the public can search for sex offenders in their communities.
  • State law allows law enforcement to publish information about sex offenders in local newspapers and periodicals.

Note: If a high-risk sex offender, or a sexually-violent predator moves into a community, the authorities will make sure that each resident is aware of it. What will happen is TXDPS will send a post card to each resident and business containing the sexual predator’s information – this way the community can be “on guard.”

Sexually violent offenses include but are not limited to: continuous sexual abuse of a child, indecency with a child, sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, sexual performance by a child, and aggravated kidnapping.

If you are facing criminal charges for a sexually-motivated crime, contact our Plano criminal defense firm to protect your rights and your future!