Roanoke criminal defense firm Copenhaver, Ellett and Derrico was recently contacted by a man arrested and charged with a 1st degree misdemeanor for failure to register as a violent sex offender. Our client, who previously lived in Arizona was stationed there when he was caught having sex with an underage girl. At that time, our client he was 19-years-old.
Our client received a court martial despite never being convicted of a sex crime. However, after living in Virginia for 10 years, our client was arrested and charged with 1st degree misdemeanor for failure to register as a violent sex offender. He immediately contacted our criminal defense attorneys. Recognizing the impact this charge would have on our client our attorneys worked to show the courts that our client was not arrested as a violent sex offender. This charge was ultimately dismissed against our client.
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