If you’ve been arrested for failure to register as a sex offender and need an experienced Houston criminal defense lawyer to represent you, or give you legal advice, contact Attorney Jack B. Carroll at 713-228-4607.
A lot of innocent men and women are being arrested in Houston, Harris County, Texas for failure to register as a sex offender, or failure to comply with Texas sex offender registration.
As of the date of this writing (12-03-2012), there seems to be some confusion between the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety as to the guidelines regarding investigations of sex offender registration requirements.
Charged With Failure to Register as a Sex Offender?
If You’ve Been Unfairly Arrested for Parole Violation or
Failure to Register as a Harris County Sex Offender
Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer Jack B. Carroll Will Represent You
I’ve been getting many calls from people that followed the Texas requirements for sex offender registration and are still being arrested when they haven’t done anything wrong.
I had one case where a man was arrested because he allegedly failed to inform the Harris County Sheriff’s Office that he purchased a new vehicle. The Texas Department of Public Safety allegedly staked out this man’s house, interviewed his neighbors, and even though he lived at that address and complied with all the Texas sex offender registration requirements, he was accused of not reporting the new vehicle purchase and was arrested for failure to comply.
This is just one example of the egregious over stepping of zealous governmental agents taking a back-handed approach to investigations involving registered sex offenders.
Art. 62.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
(1) “Department” means the Department of Public Safety.
(2) “Local law enforcement authority” means, as applicable, the office of the chief of police of a municipality, the office of the sheriff of a county in this state, or a centralized registration authority.
(3) “Penal institution” means a confinement facility operated by or under a contract with any division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, a confinement facility operated by or under contract with the Texas Youth Commission, or a juvenile secure pre-adjudication or post-adjudication facility operated by or under a local juvenile probation department, or a county jail.
(4) “Released” means discharged, paroled, placed in a nonsecure community program for juvenile offenders, or placed on juvenile probation, community supervision, or mandatory supervision.
(5) “Reportable conviction or adjudication” means a conviction or adjudication, including an adjudication of delinquent conduct or a deferred adjudication, that, regardless of the pendency of an appeal, is a conviction for or an adjudication for or based on:…