If I Am Charged With A Sex Crime, Do I Have To Register As A Sex Offender?

The range of punishment for criminal charges is different, depending on the type of charge. For example, a traffic-related crime can have an impact on your right to drive while a drug-related crime might mean you have to spend some time in jail. In addition to the legal consequences of being arrested, there can be damage to your reputation or in where you are allowed to travel, depending on the type of crime. One crime that can really hamper your ability to do a lot of thigs is a sex crime. Many sex offenders are not allowed to live in certain areas or hold certain jobs. There is also the possibility that you will have to register as a sex offender if you are a defendant in this type of case.

The list of sex crimes that require you to register as a sex offender is long, and includes some of the following acts:

• Kidnapping of a minor by an adult.
• False imprisonment of a minor by an adult.
• Luring or enticing a minor child.
• Unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
• Buying or selling minors into sex trafficking.
• Procuring a minor for purposes of prostitution.
• Taking certain video content of a minor.

If you are convicted of one of these crimes, or any other sex crime as defined by the state statutes, you will have to register as a sex offender. Once registered, you will be unable to live within a certain mile area of a school, and you will not be permitted to hold jobs where you are required to interact with minors. There can also be limits placed on your freedom in the form of imposing a curfew or requiring you to take annual polygraph exams. Failing to abide by the rules for sex offenders, if you are on probation in your case, is a probation violation. Violating probation can cause you to face the full weight of the charge, as well as having to defend against the violation. We are sensitive to this area of law and how it impacts your entire family.

We work hard to protect your rights and prevent damage to your reputation within the community, at work, or among your peers. Call us today to find out more about sex crimes, when you are required to register as a sex offender, and how to best defend a sex crime.

If you have questions about sex crime cases, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West. Call us today to talk about your case and learn what to do next.