What are the Consequences of Being a Registered Sex Offender?
As we described in a recent post, there are a large number of sex offenses with which Alabama citizens can be charged where the punishment includes being forced to register as a sex offender. The consequences to those who are forced to register are very severe, and could even result in loss of contact with your children and serious difficulty in finding a place to live. The life-long cost of being a registered sex offender means that it is critical for an Alabama resident to seek out the best criminal defense attorney possible when facing charges of a sex offense.
After being convicted of a sex offense, and at least 30 days before being released from serving a jail sentence or within three days of being convicted without being sentenced to jail, individuals must register as sex offenders, and every three months after that for the rest of their lives. Registered sex offenders can’t live or work within 2,000 feet of any school or child care facility, or within 2,000 feet of where former victims or their family members live. If the conviction was for an offense involving children, the offender can’t accept a job that is within 500 feet of a playground, park, athletic field, or other business which cares for or educates children. Sex offenders are barred from living with anyone under 18, even if the offense for which the person was convicted didn’t involve a minor. This can mean that the offender cannot live with his or her own children, under certain circumstances.
Anytime convicted sex offenders move, change jobs, or change schools, they must go to the local county law enforcement offices to update their registration. If these restrictive laws force sex offenders to become homeless, those offenders have to register every three days with local law enforcement. Persons on the sex offender registry are subjected to random “compliance checks” and “address verification” operations, where uniform police officers will come to your home, school, or place of employment to ensure that you still live or work there. Other complex, life-altering restrictions apply to those convicted of an Alabama sex offense.
If you have been charged with a sex offense in Alabama, speak to one of the aggressive and experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Dothan offices of Smith & McGhee for a consultation on your case by calling 334-708-3158.