18 USC Sec. 2250 01/05/2009
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 109B - SEX OFFENDER AND CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN REGISTRY
Sec. 2250. Failure to register
(a) In General. - Whoever -
(1) is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration
and Notification Act;
(2)(A) is a sex offender as defined for the purposes of the Sex
Offender Registration and Notification Act by reason of a
conviction under Federal law (including the Uniform Code of
Military Justice), the law of the District of Columbia, Indian
tribal law, or the law of any territory or possession of the
United States; or
(B) travels in interstate or foreign commerce, or enters or
leaves, or resides in, Indian country; and
(3) knowingly fails to register or update a registration as
required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act;
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 10
years, or both.
(b) Affirmative Defense. - In a prosecution for a violation under
subsection (a), it is an affirmative defense that -
(1) uncontrollable circumstances prevented the individual from
(2) the individual did not contribute to the creation of such
circumstances in reckless disregard of the requirement to comply;
(3) the individual complied as soon as such circumstances
ceased to exist.
(c) Crime of Violence. -
(1) In general. - An individual described in subsection (a) who
commits a crime of violence under Federal law (including the
Uniform Code of Military Justice), the law of the District of
Columbia, Indian tribal law, or the law of any territory or
possession of the United States shall be imprisoned for not less
than 5 years and not more than 30 years.
(2) Additional punishment. - The punishment provided in
paragraph (1) shall be in addition and consecutive to the
punishment provided for the violation described in subsection
(Added Pub. L. 109-248, title I, Sec. 141(a)(1), July 27, 2006, 120
REFERENCES IN TEXT
The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, referred to
in subsec. (a)(1), (2)(A), (3), is title I of Pub. L. 109-248, July
27, 2006, 120 Stat. 590, which is classified principally to
subchapter I (Sec. 16901 et seq.) of chapter 151 of Title 42, The
Public Health and Welfare. For complete classification of this Act
to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 16901 of
Title 42 and Tables.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice, referred to in subsecs.
(a)(2)(A) and (c)(1), is classified generally to chapter 47 (Sec.
801 et seq.) of Title 10, Armed Forces.