You probably already know that sex crimes in San Diego are a pretty big deal and that those charged with the offenses will face lengthy sentencing and registration as a sex offender. What you might not know though is just how many restrictions are placed on those registered as sex offenders. This yet one more reason why it is critical that anyone who believes they are under investigation for child molestation, rape, solicitation or any other sex crime immediately contact a San Diego criminal defense lawyer.
The now famous “Jessica’s Law” prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park and certain high risk offenders must live an even more lengthy 2,650 feet from schools and parks. While voters were all too eager to pass this law, there is a serious problem with enforcing such a rule in San Diego -few places in the entire county measure 2,000 feet from those locations. San Diego criminal lawyers have challenged this part of the rule on the grounds that it makes it impossible for offenders to find a legal place of residence. The Supreme Court of California is expected to make a decision on the case this month.
While these rules are being challenged, sex offenders can now live within the 2,000 feet radius of schools and parks, but they still must always remain at least 250 feet away from places where children congregate. In the meanwhile, offenders moving into new properties within the 2,000 foot restricted area are finding parents and community members eager to protest their residency.
In a big city like San Diego, finding housing is always difficult. Finding housing that is over 2,000 feet away from a school or park and finding a landlord that will rent to you with a sex offense on your record is a serious nightmare. In fact, many San Diego criminal attorneys have found their convicted sex offender clients were forced to become homeless after Jessica’s Law took effect, which is part of the reason they challenged the law.
Those charged with sex offenses have everything to lose, which is why it is absolutely critical anyone who believes they may be accused of such a crime immediately contact a San Diego sex crimes lawyer as soon as possible. You can schedule an appointment with Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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