Although not all sex crimes are subject to sex offender registration, the more serious forms can result in lifelong sex offender registration for the accused.
A sex crime refers to unwanted and uninvited sexual contact; however, sex crimes encompass a wide range of criminal acts. A person can be convicted of “indecent exposure" in California, which is considered a sex crime. This can simply entail urinating in public, engaging in sexual acts in a public place, or other forms of public nudity. In no way does a woman exposing her breasts for breastfeeding entail a criminal offense.
Sex crimes include: rape, spousal rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, internet crimes, prostitution, child molestation, sodomy, sexual battery and more. How a person is penalized will depend upon the age of the victim, their criminal record and the nature of the crime.
One of the most serious aspects of a sex crime conviction involves sex offender registration. The sex offender registry is a national registry in which the offender must register no matter where they live. Failure to update one’s address or failing to notify law enforcement when you move can result in serious criminal consequences including years behind bars.
As a registered sex offender, you are required to provide your headshot, your home address and what you were convicted for. This information is made public, meaning your future employers, you landlord, your neighbors and your friends can have access to your personal information. As a registered sex offender, you could have restrictions as to where you live and how close you can come to a school or park. If nothing less, it’s virtually impossible to escape the social stigma associated with being a registered sex offender and this stigma will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Yes, sex offenses are serious in nature; however, it is not uncommon for the alleged abuser to the victim of lies and deceit. This is especially common in the case of a bitter divorce or heated child custody battle. Sadly, as in most sex crime cases, there are often no witnesses to the crime in question and it comes down to whether or not the judge or jury believes your side of the story. An ultimate conviction can have serious, life-altering consequences that are extremely devastating if you have any children. Meaning, a conviction can force you to move out of your home, and it can limit your access to your own children.
If you are being accused of a sex crime, you owe it to yourself to hire legal representation. Don’t assume the truth will set you free. Even children can be very convincing liars if they are out to harm you for some reason or another. It will take a skilled, meticulous and aggressive criminal defense lawyer to question every aspect of the evidence and witness testimony.