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Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

Many individuals who are convicted of a sex offense in the state of California are required to register as a sex offender for a length of time corresponding to their "tier" of offense. There are three tiers, tier 1 being the least severe and tier 3 being the most severe. Tier 3 sex offenders must register for life and verify their registration quarterly (once every three months).

Even after a verdict has been reached and a sentence has been served, the convicted sex offender can face collateral consequences for the rest of their life. Listed below are some of the most common restrictions placed on convicted sex offenders.

  1. Public disclosure. Per California's "Megan's Law," individuals convicted of certain sex offenses are required to disclose their names and other information on a public database. Having information about your past conviction readily available on the internet can make it difficult to gain employment or move into certain areas.
  2. College registration. If you are a convicted sex offender and you wish to register to attend a state or community college, you will have to register with the campus police department and/or local law enforcement.
  3. Restrictions on visiting certain areas. Convicted sex offenders may not be able to come within or live within a certain distance from specified locations such as schools, beaches and parks. Convicted sex offenders are also not allowed to volunteer or work with children.
  4. Occupational restrictions. Convicted sex offenders are not allowed to work in certain professions, according to various codes such as the California Penal Code, the California Code of Regulations and the Educational Code. Some of the prohibited occupations for sex offenders are ambulance attendants, educational psychologists, teachers and social workers.
  5. Residency restrictions. The state of California does enforce some residency restrictions for convicted sex offenders which might include GPS tracking. The state of California has the highest population of sex offenders in the nation, so they take residency restrictions and monitoring very seriously.

If you or someone you love has been arrested and/or charged with a sex offense in the state of California, The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry can fight so that you don't have to face these and other collateral consequences. Our goal with each and every one of our clients is to provide exceptional service that results in case dismissals, charge reductions and other favorable outcomes.