California Penal Code Section 290

In People v. Cluff (2001) 87 Cal.App.4th 991, the defendant violated Penal Code section 290, subdivision (a)(1)(D) by neglecting annually to confirm his address had not changed. The record suggested the defendant had not intended to deceive or evade law enforcement. When police officers looked for him, they found the defendant at his registered address, and he went to the police station promptly upon learning the officers wished to see him. The defendant's failure to confirm his address annually posed no danger to society and did not undermine the purpose of the registration statute. (People v. Cluff, supra, 87 Cal.App.4th at pp. 1001-1004.) The purpose of Penal Code section 290 is to assure that convicted sex offenders are readily available for police surveillance because the Legislature has deemed them likely recidivists. (Wright v. Superior Court (1997) 15 Cal.4th 521, 527, 936 P.2d 101.)