Sex Offender Registry: Noncompliance and Disputes
Sex offenders who do not comply with the registration requirements may be subjected to criminal penalties. CSOSA reports all cases of noncompliance to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
- The first violation is a misdemeanor offense subject to not more than 180 days imprisonment, $1000 fine, or both.
- A second offense is a felony punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, $25,000 fine, or both.
These penalties apply even if the first case of noncompliance occurred in another jurisdiction.
The Sex Offender Registry Act of 1999 provides dispute resolution procedures in the Superior Court to consider challenges to registration requirements.
To challenge a determination, the person must provide CSOSA with a notice of intent to seek review of the determination and, within 30 days thereafter, file a motion setting forth the facts disputed. Registration information pertaining to that person is not released to the public until the Court certifies that the person must register under the Act, or the person fails to file a motion within the required time allowed, or the motion is withdrawn or dismissed.