Even after serving time, paying fines and completing probation, convicted sex offenders are likely to continue to face long-term challenges stemming from the crime—especially if their name winds up on the National Sex Offender Registry.
What It Means to Be on the Sex Offender Registry
Being listed on the Sexual Offender Registry can impact many facets of your life, including your:
- The Sex Offender Registry’s website offers visitors the ability to access a wealth of information regarding convicted sex offenders by searching for specific names or by geographic location. If your name appears on the sex offender registry, there is no way to block any public user from accessing information about you, your crime or your location. While each jurisdiction decides which information to include on a listing, every detail of your life, down to where you live and work, may be available to anyone with an internet connection.
- Career path. Many employers require candidates to pass a mandatory background check prior to employment. Others conduct routine background checks, even after joining the company as an employee. These background checks almost always include a review of sex offender registry records. If your name is on the list, you may have trouble passing the background check and finding or keeping a job. This can limit your career opportunities, regardless of your experience, education, training or background.
- Freedom and independence. Registered sex offenders must submit to routine check-ins and must adhere to strict conditions regarding their residence, work and other activities. Adhering to the set procedures for something as simple as applying for a new job or changing apartments can be challenging for many registered offenders.
In most cases, the only way to prevent the impact of the Sexual Offender Registry is to mount an aggressive defense against sexually-related charges and avoid a conviction. Once convicted, limiting the negative consequences of the Sex Offender Registry becomes nearly impossible.
If You are Facing Charges of a Sexual Crime, Contact Us Now
At White and Associates, our criminal attorneys offer the judgment-free, effective legal representation you need when facing criminal charges. If you have been arrested for a sexual offense, or are under investigation for such an offense, do not hesitate to contact our firm. Schedule a consultation with White & Associates at 763-241-0477 now to discuss your charges, the penalties you may face and the options you have for mounting a defense.