Sex Crimes and the sex offender registry
Being charged with sex crimes and having your name put on the sex offender registry list can be embarrassing and can shut many doors in your life. Some people are on the sex offender registry for a while before they even know it, or are on the list because of a clerical error. There have been cases where people who were acquitted or the charges were dropped, but they still ended up on the sex offender registry list for sex crimes they never committed. When it is properly employed, the sex offender registry list is an invaluable source of information for Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Taxpayer and their children. Many of the men and women on those lists have severe issues they’re working through and you are well within your rights as a citizen and a parent to keep your children away from them. However, there are times when people end up on the list when they never had any business being there in the first place. For people in this situation, the damage may already be done. They may have not been hired for a particular job or been allowed to live in a certain place because of their sex registry status. If you are one of these people and your name is on a sex offender registry list in error, please call sex crimes attorney Gary E. Gerson to talk about the details of your situation. Although the idea of a sex offenses registration is not particularly new, the public’s access to police station and online databases is somewhat innovative. Much of the idea for this free knowledge came as a result of public outrage that grew after the systematic rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl from New Jersey named Megan Kanka. The sex crimes were committed by a repeat sex offender who no one in the area knew had the potential to commit such an intolerable act. After some deliberation, the United States Congress laid forth Megan’s Law and instilled regulations such as a public database of sex offenders at both the state and federal levels, as well as requiring states to ratify laws wherein its citizens must be notified if a convicted sex offender moves into their neighborhood. These databases are available at local police departments, and on the internet in a growing number of states. The idea of the sex offender registry list is to provide an invaluable public service; and, in almost all cases, that’s what it does. However, there are situations where people who are not deserving are placed on the list. They may be considered a “sex offender” for committing acts of lewdness such as accidentally changing in front of an open window, or “streaking” at an adult party as a joke. And some people are on the list in complete error. There are also people who are on the list from things that were once considered illegal, but now are not. For instance, gay sex among men was technically illegal before 1976, and there are people out there who are still on the list for this reason. In many scenarios, it has kept loving, gay couples from adopting children. If you are on the sex offender registry list and think that you shouldn’t be, call sex crimes attorney Gary Gerson at (412) 281-3380 to confidentially speak about your rights and your options.