Texas has some of the toughest sex offender laws in the nation, and the conviction of a sexually-related crime may result in the requirement that you register as a sex offender. Even being the subject of an investigation into a sex crime can have lasting repercussions in your life. If you've been so accused, your first order of business should be to work closely with an experienced and dedicated Dallas sex crimes attorney
The Sex Offender Registry
- A current photograp
- Name, including any aliases or nicknames
- Current address, including zip code and county of residence
- Current phone numbers, including home, work, and mobile
- Physical description
- Birthdate, sex, race, height, weight, and shoe size
- Social security and driver’s license numbers
The negative consequences of being included in this registry are difficult to overstate and can impact virtually every aspect of your life.
The 3 Tiers of Sex Offenders
A federal act that was passed in 2006 categorizes sex offenders into three distinct tiers:
- Tier 1 – Tier 1 offenders have been convicted of the lowest-level sexual offenses, which require 15 years on the registry (to be updated yearly).
- Tier 2 – Tier 2 offenders have been convicted of moderate level sexual offenses, which require 25 years on the registry (to be updated every 6 months).
- Tier 3 – Tier 3 offenders have been convicted of the most serious sexual offenses, which require registration for life (to be updated every 3 months).
The Consequences of Registration
The negative consequences associated with sex offender registration can be vast:
- Registration can make it difficult to find a job, keep a job, and/or maintain professional licensure.
- Registration can make it difficult to rent a home, apartment, or office space.
- Registration can affect your child custody and visitation rights.
- Registration tarnishes your reputation and diminishes your standing in the community.
In certain situations, people can be removed from the public sex offender registry. While this removal doesn’t affect the underlying criminal conviction and record thereof, it can certainly help mitigate the consequences of such a conviction. Deregistration is considered on a case-by-case basis.
If You’ve Been Charged with a Crime that Could Land You on the Sex Offender Registry, Contact Our Office Today
If you’re facing charges that could lead to registration on the sex offender registry, it’s time to consult with an experienced sex crimes attorney. Attorney J. Michael Price II in Dallas is committed to aggressively advocating on your behalf in order to protect your rights and bring your case to the most favorable resolution possible. Mr. Price exclusively defends the accused, and he's here to help you, so please contact us or call us at 214-765-8000 today.