Sex crimes are some of the most serious criminal charges an individual can face. Even the accusation that you committed a sex crime could be enough to ruin your reputation, cost you your job, alienate you from family or friends and permanently tarnish your good name. A conviction for a sex crime will not only result in harsh penalties such as jail or prison time, costly fines and more, but you could also be required to register as a sex offender.
Sex offender registration is mandatory for:
- Any individual convicted of a dangerous sexual offense;
- Any person who has been convicted of a crime against a minor, yet may be eligible for release from prison, placed on parole or given probation;
- Any person who has been previously convicted of a violent or dangerous sexual offense and schedule for release, placed on parole or given probation;
- Any Georgia resident who has been convicted of a violent or dangerous sex crime, or criminal offense against a minor in another state, under federal law or under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and who intends to reside here in Georgia; and/or
- Any nonresident who intends to change his or her residence to any place in Georgia, and who is required to register as a sex offender or who has already registered in another state.
There are instances wherein a misdemeanor sexual offense or sexual offense prosecuted in juvenile court may not require mandatory registration as a sex offender. Since the sex offender registry is a public database, you would be well-advised to obtain legal representation immediately to improve your chances of being able to avoid having to register as a sex offender. Nobody wants to have that label following them around for their rest of their life, so timely action is crucial.
If you are wondering whether you could be required to register as a sex offender in Georgia, we advise you waste no time in contacting a Savannah criminal defense lawyer from our firm. Our lead attorney is a skilled trial lawyer who has been working in the field of criminal justice for the past 15 years. Having worked on both sides of the criminal justice system has proven extremely beneficial when devising compelling strategies to help clients avoid conviction and escape the stigma of sex offender registration.
Contact The Schneider Law Firm now so that we can review your case and advise you about legal options available for your defense.