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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Reminder: Lee-Jackson Day Which is ONLY Observed in Virginia is One of the Two 4-Day VSP Holiday Stretches That Makes Compliance of Virginia Law and the Re-registration Turn-Around Times for Virginia’s RSO’s Much More Difficult, is This Week! Don’t Make a Mistake You Could Face a Class 6 Felony!


Dear Readers, 

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. 

The VSP website does not post VSP Barracks hours of operation or observed holidays. The VSP Barracks doors or main desk do not post hours of operation or observed holidays. The VSP website also does not post the phone number 804-674-2825 OR the hours of operation for the VSP Sex Offender Help Desk (Hotline). Despite my multiple requests directly to the VSP to add this crucial information to their website and locations. 

Leaving Virginia’s RSO’s to “guess” correctly or incorrectly under the threat of a felony. 

In Virginia because there is NO electronic system our RSO’s MUST register ANY change of information in-person (if they move or become homeless, if they change their name, if they lose or start a  job part-time or full-time, if they enroll or un-enroll in school part-time or full-time, if they add or delete a phone number or if they buy or sell a vehicle) within 3 days (not 3 business days) or within 30 minutes (if they add or delete an email address, an instant messenger identifier or a chat identifier) per Virginia law. 

There are 2 reoccurring 4-Day stretches where Registered Sex Offenders in Virginia are unable to comply with Virginia law they are:
 
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) 
 
#1 is this Friday and next Monday! 

Ahhhhh Virginia. 

Lee–Jackson Day is a holiday celebrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S., for the birthdays of Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.[1] The original holiday, created in 1889, celebrated Lee's birthday. Jackson's name was added to the holiday in 1904. 

In 1983, the holiday was merged with the new Federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as Lee-Jackson-King Day in Virginia. This merger was reversed in 2000. 

Lee–Jackson Day is currently observed on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the third Monday in January. Typical events include a wreath-laying ceremony with military honors, a Civil War themed parade, symposia, and a gala ball.[2] State offices are closed for both holidays.[3] 
 

Some localities such as Charlottesville, Richmond, Fairfax, Hampton, Lynchburg, and Norfolk, choose not to observe Lee-Jackson Day [4] - Wikipedia 

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 01/15, 01/16, 01/17 or 01/18  (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 flanking this weekend. 

Be sure to double check the due date on your certified letter and if it’s the 15th-18th 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.

Mary Devoy