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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Reminder: This Week is One of the Two 4-Day VSP Holiday Stretches Making Compliance of Virginia Law and Re-registration Turn-Around Times More Difficult for Virginia’s RSO’s, Don’t Make a Mistake You’ll Face a Class 6 Felony!

and the next 3 Days Too!

Back on July 9, 2015 I posted about the Virginia State Police (VSP) website, VSP Barracks hours of operation, VSP S.O. Helpline hours of operation and VSP observed holidays. 

There are 2 sets of 4 day stretches where Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia are unable to register, re-register or change any information even though Virginia law states information changes must be done within 3 days (not 3 business days) or 30 minutes:
  1. Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day    (Friday Preceding the 3rd Monday in January and the 3rd Monday in January)
  2. Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday (4th Thursday and Friday in November)
#2 is this week! 

If you have any changes that include residence, mailing address, employment, unemployment, vehicle registration, phone numbers, school enrollment, un-enrollment, email addresses or online identifiers  OR your re-registration letter and/or photograph has a due date of 11/26, 11/27, 11/28 or 11/29  (yes certified letters have due dates that include holidays and weekends) there will be no option for you to meet the requirement in Virginia law or your stated due-date deadline because of the 2 upcoming VSP observed holidays and then the weekend. 

Be sure to double check the due date on your certified letter and if it’s the 26th-29th get to a VSP Barracks today or if your re-registration letter has no changes and doesn’t require a photograph get to a U.S. Post Office and mail it back TODAY! 

If you don’t you could be facing a criminal investigation, a Class 6 Felony, attorney’s fees, bail costs, incarceration, probation, court fines/fees, GPS monitoring and your re-registration being increased to every 30-days even if the original conviction that put you on the VSP Registry was a misdemeanor or 15+ years ago. Not to mention loss of employment, housing or family during the entire process.

The burden to jump through the unknown and not-published hoops, hurdles and barriers of compliance falls on your shoulders and that’s why I will try to post about these two 4-Day stretches each year as a reminder to assist you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Mary Devoy