In the state of Virginia, being convicted of any one of several serious sex crimes means mandatory registration as a sex offender in the state. While the associated prison time, fines and other penalties are damaging enough, one thing not taken into account often are the serious financial consequences that come with your name of the sex offender list.
Restrictions On Where You Can Live
Although Virginia is not one of the states that put limits on how close sex offenders can live to an area where children congregate, sex offenders often end up living in lower-income areas and, sometimes (due to job hardships) end up homeless. However, cities within states that don’t have those limitations can set their own limitations, which ends up being the responsibility of the offender to look into and abide by.
The neighborhoods where sex offenders can end up living (even those with significant means) are often ones with temptation and existing criminal issues that make it more difficult for a convict to start anew. This leads to potentially more arrests and a higher chance for repeat offending. Above all, the cards are stacked for offenders to get a second chance at a new start.
Difficulties Completing Therapy
Another typical term of release for a sex offender is attending therapy to help work through the crime-related issues in the hopes of not repeating that offense or any other. Therapy often requires payment and most of the jobs open to sex offenders are low-paying. The resources issue is a serious one and extends to every tenet of life after release.
As you can see, sex offender registry is a very serious circumstance and one that should be avoided in any way possible. Your defense begins with a knowledgeable and trusted Virginia criminal defense attorney. Call B.R. Hicks, P.C. today at (703) 354-4000 to schedule a free consultation.