People convicted of sex crimes face not only required registration but other restrictions as new laws are introduced.
For people in California who are facing charges of sex crimes, they have good reason to be concerned about the potential penalties they may experience if convicted. In addition to the potential for jail time, fines and restrictions on where they can live, defendants are often required to register with the state's Sex Offender Tracking Program .
Sex offender registration program
As explained by the State of California Department of Justice, information about registered sex offenders is made available online via the database that is updated every day.
Some offenders must update their information with the state every 30 days if they are homeless. Others deemed sexually violent must provide updates every 90 days. Others are required to update information once per year. Any offender who moves or has another change of information that is part of the registration must inform local authorities within five days of the change. Violations of the registration requirements are also displayed online with other information.
Sex offender identification goes international
Slate Magazine reported that earlier this year, the U.S. President signed a new bill into law that many found to be disconcerting. Among the provisions is the requirement for the government to include a special notation on the passport of any registered sex offender. This notation must indicate that the person is a sex offender.
ABC10 adds that the law also gives the Department of Homeland Security the right to notify other countries of an impending visit by a person registered as a sex offender in the United States.
This law has drawn criticism and recently a group of people in the Bay Area have protested it. In their protests, the group asserts that this law violates a person's right to silence. This right is given to people under the First Amendment.
Recreation restrictions attempted
In addition to potentially hampered travel, sex offenders may also be limited in their options for recreation if some lawmakers have their way. The Sacramento Bee notes that Assembly Bill 2682 has been introduced in California. If passed, it would ban any person registered as a sex offender from playing Pokemon Go. The theory behind the law is that the use of geolocation technology in games may allow people to seek out or lure children for illegal or abusive purposes.
Getting help with a defense is important
After a sex crime arrest, it is recommended that any California resident seek help from an attorney. Understanding the law is important in the face of such serious allegations and potential consequences.