Avoid Sexual Offenders—Colorado Springs and DoNotPay Can Protect You!
Sex offenders in your neighborhood represent a clear threat to your family’s safety.
While Colorado is not among the worst states in the U.S., the state’s nearly 12,000 registered sex offenders are still at large and could re-offend at any time.
DoNotPay understands your anxiety and wants to help you understand what to do about sexual offenders. Colorado Springs can be a safe place to live if you have the right information!
Under the terms of the Adam Walsh Act of 2006, sex offenses are classified in three tiers which encompass:
- Tier I—crimes not involving violence or minors
- Tier II—mostly offenses involving pubescent minors or committed by offenders who already have a tier I conviction
- Tier III (also known as level III)—crimes involving violence, prepubescent minors, or serial offenders
Colorado further distinguishes between two types of sex criminals, as follows:
- Sex offenders
- Sexually violent predators (SVPs)
Any offender who commits a once-off or non-violent sex crime of whatever tier is classified as a sex offender and subject to the appropriate punishments under that category.
A convicted criminal who is considered to be at risk of recidivism can be classified as an SVP. The classification will come as a result of a risk assessment by the sentencing court and will normally be handed down to:
- Serial offenders
- Criminals guilty of violent acts against children
SVPs are considered the most dangerous of sex criminals, and Colorado does not regard them as being capable of rehabilitation.
The state of Colorado has some of the toughest sentencing guidelines in the country for sex offenders, and Colorado Springs adheres to state policy.
The most dangerous sex criminals can be sentenced to lifelong imprisonment for their crimes in Colorado Springs. These criminals can include:
- Habitual violent offenders
- HIV-positive offenders who knowingly spread infection
- Offenders who target prepubescent children and use or threaten violence
Convicted offenders may also be subject to rigorous control after they have served their sentence, including:
- Severe limitations on daily activities
- Daily meetings with parole or probation officers
- Monitoring at home and work
- Drug and alcohol screening
- Payment of compensation to victims
All sex offenders in Colorado Springs also have to place themselves on the state sex offender registry.
The Colorado sex offender registry is a database of all the convicted sex offenders in the state.
Depending on the seriousness of the crime committed, sex offenders have to place themselves on the registry in Colorado for the following periods:
|Tier||Time on Registry|
|Tier I||15 years|
|Tier II||25 years|
|Tier III||Until death|
The Colorado registry contains the following information about each registered sex offender:
- Place of work or school
- Description of appearance and any distinguishing features
- Email addresses and online profiles
- Sex offense committed
- Other criminal records
- Vehicle information, including make/model, color, and license plate
This allows Colorado authorities to accurately map the whereabouts of the state’s sex offenders.
Under the terms of the 1996 Megan’s Law, Colorado Springs law enforcement authorities are obliged to make this information available to the general public.
In most cases, Colorado Springs authorities allow searches but do not proactively give out information on registered sex offenders. The only criminals who are subject to proactive public information campaigns are SVPs.
Registered sex offenders in Colorado Springs may face several limitations on their freedom, the most important of which concern:
- Employment restrictions
- Travel and movement bans
Colorado Springs does not place residency restrictions on sex offenders, believing that surveillance and monitoring are more effective methods of control.
SVPs may not perform jobs that bring them into contact with children, regardless of whether their original crime was child-related.
Lower-tier sex offenders do not face any state-enforced employment restrictions.
While the state of Colorado does not restrict the movement of lower-tier sex offenders, SVPs are monitored closely and may not leave their county without notifying authorities.
While Colorado’s sentencing guidelines are tough for sex offenders, the way the state registry is run is more relaxed, although unregistered offenders are dealt with harshly.
The lack of restrictions on where a registered sex offender can live means that you could be living in the same building as a sex offender.
The only way you can find out and get peace of mind is by searching your state registry for sex offenders in your neighborhood. If you are worried about a particular person, you may have to search both the state and the national registry to find out their whereabouts.
The most pressing problem is that things can change overnight—you could wake up tomorrow to find a new neighbor and only find out they are a registered sex offender in a year.
This is where DoNotPay can help. We can search for a name or trawl your area for sex offenders in a flash and even send you a weekly update!
DoNotPay values your safety as much as you do!
Our Sex Offender Search product is designed to give you peace of mind. You can search for sex offenders in your neighborhood or type in a specific name to find out their last location—here’s how:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Sex Offender Search feature
- Type in the name of the offender or your address, and set the search parameters
Your report will arrive in a flash—if you choose, we can even send you weekly updates for you to see any changes in good time!
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