It is likely that plenty of Spokane residents have heard of the National Sex Offender Registry, but few may know exactly what it is, how it works and what happens if one is required to register. In many instances, a person facing federal charges for online child pornography, exploiting children and similar offenses will be required to register as a sex offender if convicted. This sentencing element contains many stipulations and a person facing such serious charges may want to seek legal advice immediately.
First emerging in 2005, the National Sex Offender Public Registry is a conglomeration of the different sex offender registry sites throughout the U.S. and its territories. The NSOPW provides current information from the many different jurisdictions in the U.S. These jurisdictions include all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, participating tribal jurisdictions and U.S. territories. If a person finds that information listed about a particular convicted sex offender is incorrect, he or she must contact the appropriate jurisdiction rather than the NSOPW itself.