Sex Crimes: How a Conviction can Change Your Life
A Columbus criminal attorney could save you from a lifetime of consequences
However, when it comes to sex crimes, there are no minor offenses. Once you’re convicted of a sex crime, you’ll literally and figuratively be labeled as a sex offender for years, if not the rest of your life.
A sex crime conviction won’t just follow you around by label. On the contrary, becoming a registered sex offender can permanently alter your day-to-day life. Here are just a few examples of challenges you’ll have to contend with if you’re convicted of a sex crime:
• Public registration
Once you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you will be registered as a sex offender, and your name will be listed on a publicly accessible website registry. This is a mark that will stick with you for 15 years to life, and can be viewed by potential employers, housing districts and social partners.
• Living restrictions
You may have difficulty finding housing if your sex crime conviction carries a penalty of living a specific distance away from schools or certain neighborhoods. You may also be required by law to inform other residents in your neighborhood that you are a registered sex offender.
• Restrictions on certain licenses
Depending on the crime you were convicted of, you may not be eligible to obtain certain licenses, such as a teacher’s license or firearm license. Depending on the severity of your conviction, you may never be able to do these things again.
• Difficulty finding employment
Employers have the ability to look up your criminal record, and may reject your employment application if they can make the case that you could potentially be a danger to co-workers or customers. As one Philadelphia man said, “No one takes the time to know you. They see you on the Internet [sex-offender registry] and they slam the door.
“People see you on the Internet, they think you’re a child molester,” he says. “I never touched a child. I had one incident, with a woman who was older than me. I wish I could take it back. I can’t. I did my time. How long do I have to pay for a mistake I did so long ago?”
Call a Columbus criminal attorney
Sexual offenses carry a permanent stigma; once you’re a registered sex offender, it can follow you around forever.
That’s why you need to call the experienced, professional attorneys at Yavitch & Palmer. We’ll listen to your side of the story, and comb through every detail of your case to earn you the best possible outcome.