Sex offenders who are convicted will likely serve lengthy jail sentences and pay steep criminal penalties. However, punishment for sex crimes extends far beyond prison.
For those convicted of a sexual offense, such as sexual assault or child pornography, the repercussions can be utterly life changing. For example, convicted sex offenders must register on a publicly accessible registrar to alert neighbors, employers, and law enforcement of their presence in the community.
Not only does sex offender registration affect an individuals ability to find employment and housing, but the social stigma can also prevent the formation of friendships, relationships, and recreational activities.
WHO SHOULD REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER?
People convicted of sexual offenses in Georgia must register as sex offenders. Some of the sexual offenses warranting the registration include:
- Sexually exploiting a minor
- Statutory rape
- Enticing a minor for indecent purposes
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Sex trafficking
- Child pornography
- Child molestation
- Obscene telephone contact with a minor
- Sodomy and aggravated sodomy
Registering as a sex offender involves submitting your full name, aliases, race, gender, date of birth, height, and weight. Since this information is public, employers and landlords can easily access it.
SEX OFFENDER RISK LEVELS
Upon release following a sex offense conviction, the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board will classify you into any of the following categories:
- Level I- This category comprises first-time offenders who do not appear to have predatory behaviors, demonstrating that the offender is not considered a threat to the community.
- Level II- This risk level shows that the offender poses a moderate risk to society. This category comprises people who are moderately likely to re-offend. People with repeat offenses are also classified under this category.
- Level III- This risk category comprises sexual offenders who pose a higher risk to society. Anyone in this category is labeled a dangerous sexual predator who should use a monitoring device throughout their life.
As a result, these sex offenders may never enjoy their privacy thoroughly. Society generally disregards registered sex offenders, which may cause them to miss out on opportunities like:
- Financial aid
- Recreational activities
WHAT SHOULD REGISTER SEX OFFENDERS NOT DO?
Registering as a sex offender limits you from living your everyday life. There are areas where you can’t work or live. For example, you cannot live 1,000 feet from a childcare facility, school, or church. Besides, you cannot secure employment in a business entity 1,000 feet from facilities where minors congregate. Failing to follow these rules may result in civil liability or additional penalties.
CHARGED WITH A SEX CRIME IN GEORGIA? CONTACT AN ATHENS SEX CRIMES ATTORNEY FOR HELP
If you have been convicted of a sex offense and have been registered as a sex offender, it is essential to reach out to a sex crimes attorney for assistance. At Ryan Swingle Law, we will offer the advice and legal support you need to move on with your life without the stigma of having your details on the registry. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve a favorable outcome.