“If you plead guilty to a sex related offense in California, the short answer is, you’re going to be required to register as a sex offender for life. There is very little, if anything, that can be done to remove you from the registration requirement.
More importantly the effects of that, of having to register, is that it requires you to live within certain areas and says you can’t live in certain areas.
For example, there’s restrictions living near a school, living near a park where children might congregate. The consequences are very serious, and what the person must avoid is not pleading to a sex related offense and then they don’t have to worry about the registration requirement.” – Daniel L. Greenberg