Chattanooga Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with any type of sex offense, it is important that you secure the strongest representation available. The collateral consequences of a sex crime conviction can be life changing. Beyond the jail time, fines and other penalties that typically result from a conviction for a sex offense, the most damaging consequences are those that arise in cases where sex offender registration is required.
At the law firm of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, we provide focused, results-oriented defense representation to clients throughout Chattanooga and the surrounding areas who have been charged with any kind of sex crime. Many people are surprised to learn that something they consider to be a relatively minor offense can actually result in some extremely severe penalties.
The following is a brief summary of the consequences for a conviction that requires registration as a sex offender:
- Registration as a sex offender: If you are required to register as a sex offender, your information will be distributed to all appropriate law enforcement agencies, certain service organizations, any jurisdiction where you live or work, background check agencies, volunteer organizations that provide services to children or disabled individuals and other potential parties.
- Residential and work restrictions: If the victim in your case was a minor, you will not be allowed to live, work or attend sex offender treatment in a place that is within 1000 feet of a public school, private or parochial school, licensed day care center, other child care facility, public park, playground, recreation center or public athletic field available for use by the general public.
- Restrictions on where you can go: You are also prohibited from standing, sitting or remaining within 1000 feet of any building or property owned or operated by any of the entities mentioned above without a specific reason for being there. This means that, if you are walking through the park and minor children are there, you cannot stop and sit on a park bench.
- Registration requirements: If you have a change of address, you must notify the registering agency of your new address. This is true if you move to another part of Tennessee or if you move out of state. Any sex offenders moving into Tennessee from another state must register with the appropriate agency.
- Possession of identification: Every offender who is eligible to receive one must obtain a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card and keep it in his or her possession at all times. If your address changes, you are required to obtain a new driver’s license or identification card showing the correct address.
Contact An Attorney About The Consequences Of Sex Crimes In Tennessee
Contact our Chattanooga, TN, lawyers today to discuss your questions regarding a sex offense conviction. You can reach us by phone at 423-933-2738, toll free at 423-933-2738 or via email by completing our online form.