Juvenile Registration Law in California

BY : Chastaine | Jones
Written by: Chastaine | Jones

Generally, a minor who has been adjudicated or admitted a sex offense does not have to register as a sex offender. There are two exceptions. The first is if the minor was transferred to adult court and convicted of a qualifying offense as an adult. The second is if the minor is adjudicated a ward of the court and then committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

  • Assault with intent to commit any of the following – rape, sodomy, or oral copulation, rape in concert, a lewd or lascivious act on a child, or penetration by a foreign object.
  • Rape, rape in concert, sodomy, oral copulation, a lewd or lascivious act on a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child, penetration by a foreign object, or child molestation.
  • Kidnapping with the intent to commit any of the following – rape, sodomy, a lewd or lascivious act on a child, penetration by a foreign object, or oral copulation.

Offenses that will result in a requirement to register when a minor is committed to DJJ are:

Minors committed to DJJ who have been adjudicated of certain offenses will be required to register as sex offenders. However, absent rare exceptions, information about juvenile sex offenders cannot be publicly listed on the Megan’s Law website.

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