Friday, November 11, 2016

Two Reminders: Today (Veteran’s Day) is one of the Holidays the VSP Locations Close AND 2 Weeks From Now is One of the Two Yearly 4-Day VSP Holiday Stretches Which Can Make Compliance of Virginia Law and Re-Registration Turn-Around Times Extremely Difficult for Virginia’s RSO’s. Don’t Make a Mistake You Could Face a Felony!

Dear Readers, 

Back on July 9, 2015 I posted about the Virginia State Police (VSP) website, VSP Locations (for years I called them Barracks but I was recently corrected by a retired VSP member) hours of operation, VSP Sex Offender Help-Line hours of operation and VSP observed holidays. 

A year and a half later the VSP website still does not post VSP location hours of operation OR observed holidays. Also the VSP locations do not post hours of operation OR observed holidays on their front-doors OR at the main desk.  

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. 

In Virginia because there is NO electronic system our RSO’s MUST register ALL 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     
  2. (Friday Preceding the 3rd Monday in January and the 3rd Monday in January)
  3. Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday  (4th Thursday and Friday in November)
#2 is coming up in 2 weeks! 
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 VSP re-registration letter and/or photograph has a due date of 11/24, 11/25, 11/26 or 11/27  (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 24th-27th get to a VSP Location BEFORE then 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 by the 22nd! 

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 unpublished hoops, hurdles and barriers of compliance falls on your shoulders and that’s why I will continue to try to remember to post about these two 4-Day stretches each year as a reminder to assist you. 

Mary Devoy