How to Prevent Lifetime Registration as a Sex Offender
If you are being charged with a sex crime, then you are likely filled with dread and anxiety over the severe penalties that you face. Sexual crimes are among the most aggressively prosecuted in the state of Colorado, and often times there are mandatory protocols that district attorneys must follow that prevent them from dropping charges, even when leniency or common sense might otherwise dictate such a course of action.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we understand that practically the only way to avoid the lifelong consequences of a sex conviction is to fight the charges.
The Letter of the Law (Not the Spirit)
Examples of the misapplication of sex crime laws are numerous. For instance, a stepfather was convicted of child pornography and forced to register as a sex offender for images he took off his stepdaughter’s phone in order to alert the authorities that she had been sexting with her boyfriend. Even though everyone involved with the case agreed that he was only acting as a concerned parent, he was still convicted.
There are too many other examples to name them all, but the mistakes include harsh sentences for minors engaging in consensual sexual activities, and forced prosecutions of individuals when the victim actually refused to cooperate and asked that the charges be dropped.
In the face of what are often draconian and overzealous laws, and with penalties including lifetime registration as a sexual offender, the only recourse for someone charged with sexual assault or another similar crime is to engage an attorney who will vigorously and aggressively defend him or her.
The Fix: A Great Defense
If you or a loved one has been accused of a sex crime, don’t wait to contact a lawyer for fear of appearing guilty. Even prior to a trial, there are many steps that an experienced legal team will take that can have a significant impact on your ability to mount a successful defense.
Even a misdemeanor conviction will require a five-year period of registration as a sexual offender. And a second misdemeanor conviction or a first felony conviction requires anywhere from 20 years to lifetime registration. This registration will follow you wherever you go, make finding a job difficult, and limit your ability to travel internationally. The stigma will have a drastic impact on both your professional and personal life.
With such dire consequences to sex crimes, you must do everything in your power to protect yourself. The Colorado Springs sex crime defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., have an established track record of advocating tirelessly on behalf of clients. Call (719) 475-2555 today to schedule a free consultation.