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Sex Offender Registration

If you are convicted of a sexual offence, your details will be entered on the Sex Offender Register. This sex offender registration set up for anyone convicted after September 1997, and is maintained by the Police.

The Court will send details to the police of anyone who has to register. Convicted sex offenders must register with the police within 3 days of being convicted or being released from prison, and and renew their registration every year.

After the initial registration, an offender must inform the police if they do any of the following:

  • Change their name
  • Change their address
  • Intend to spend 7 days or more away from their home address
  • Plan to travel outside the UK

The length of time someone has to remain on the sex offenders register depends on the outcome of the case and the age of the offender when convicted:

Length of Sentence Registration Period
For Adult
Registration Period
for Under 18
30 Months imprisonment or more Indefinitely Indefinitely
6 months to 30 months imprisonment 10 years 5 years
Less than 6 months imprisonment or Community Order 7 years 3½ Years
Police Caution 2 years 1 year

Failing to comply with the notification requirements is an either way offence. This means that it can be dealt with by either the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court. The maximum sentence is 5 years imprisonment at the Crown Court. In addition to this, there is a risk that an offender could be recalled to prison if the Home Office believes the offender is in breach of their licence conditions.

If you are accused of any sexual offence there is a very real danger of receiving a prison sentence, and your entire life being damaged by the allegation. It is vital that you are represented by someone that you can trust, and who you are confident will do everything in their professional ability to put forward your case in a proper and appropriate manner to ensure that you get the best outcome possible in your circumstances.

We at Stephen Lickrish & Associates Solicitors understand that if you are accused of any sexual offence, it will be a very difficult time for you. We are proud of the professional level of support we offer to all clients who are accused of such offences. We make sure that you have an experienced solicitor that you can speak to at all stages of your case, and that you are represented in Court by a Barrister, or High Court Advocate, who is suitably experienced and qualified to present your case to the Court in the best way.

The Solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have dealt with clients who are accused of the full range of sexual offences. We act in a professional, discreet and diligent way, and do everything in our professional ability to secure the best outcome in each and every case. If you or someone you know are accused of a sexual offence, contact us to see how we can help you.

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