A sex crime conviction, in many cases, comes with sex offender registration as part of the sentence. In some cases, this is entirely justified and necessary, but in many instances a person is tagged as a sex offender who really poses no threat to those around him or her.
Most sex offender registries make public, at bare minimum, the convicted sex offender’s name and address, and the charge for which he or she was convicted. This can lead to extreme problems for the offender, when it comes to basics like finding a job or a place to work. Harassment is common, and many offenders must live in fear of their lives.
In some cases, it is actually preferable to serve a short sentence for pleading guilty to a crime that does not involve a sexual offender registration, than to accept a plea to a lesser charge that omits jail time but does mandate registration. The pros and cons of either decision must be weighed against the impact that being on the sex offender registry may have on the entire future of the convicted person.
Laws regarding sexual offender registration are different in every state, but in all cases the failure to register is an additional crime which can cause more charges to be brought and which can violate probation or parole. You must continue to re-register even if you move to another city or state. To help avoid the stigma of being listed on a sexual offender registry, obtain the services of a sex offender lawyer, immediately, if you think you may be under suspicion of a sex offense.
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