Just like any other criminal offense, sex crime convictions incur penalties such as jail and prison sentences and high fines. One penalty that is unique to sex crimes, however, is sex offender registration. Anyone who is convicted of a sex crime is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. The list of registrants is available for public search and view by anyone nationwide. The purpose of sex offender registration is to allow individuals and families to know who their neighbors are and where sex offenders live. It also ensures that sex offenders do not reside near schools, playgrounds, and other areas where children frequently congregate.
"Megan's Law" is the title given to the sex offender registration laws nationwide. The federal laws are known as the Sexual Offender Act of 1994. Some states have succeeded in overturning Megan's Law, such as Hawaii and Alaska, but Oregon does require sex offenders to register so that their information is public. Anyone who is a registrant will be unable to live within a certain distance of a school or daycare as decided the matrix under ORS § 144.642. Employers will also be able to look up a sex offender's conviction through a background check, making it far less likely for him or her to obtain a successful career.
Find a Portland criminal defense attorney near you if you are facing charges of a sex crime. You cannot afford to wait when it comes to your defense, especially when you are facing penalties as harmful as sex offender registration. The offices of Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC can provide the counsel and representation you need to fight your charges. I have represented hundreds of trial cases, so contact my firm today to learn what I can do for you!