We talk a lot about sex crimes on this site -and with good reason. If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will be subject to lifelong registration on the state sex offender list. This means paying a price and sacrificing your rights long after you are released from prison. While most Americans support sex offender registration for rapists and child molesters, not all “sex crimes” are worthy of a lifetime of registration and that’s why many people are advocating for fair and constitutional revisions of the state’s sex crime laws. Del Mar defense attorney Peter M. Liss supports many of these reforms and feels that more people should become familiar with the current laws and the proposed revisions.
One of the biggest concerns of those fighting for reform is the fact that many people put on the sex offender list for life do not actually pose a threat to the public. For example, we recently discussed how incest can put you on the sex offender registry and some people convicted of date rape simply should have realized their sexual partner was too intoxicated to consent -but that doesn’t mean they are likely to commit a similar crime again after they served their time in prison. Most La Jolla sex crime lawyers agree that many sex crimes should at least be left up to the judge’s discretion as to whether or not the perpetrator belongs on the sex offender registry based on whether he or she presents a risk to others.
Other issues reform advocates fight involve rules detailing how close offenders may live to schools and parks, as well as rules banning offenders from using the internet. Again, these rules may make sense for some offenders, but they should not be blanketly applied to all convicts who happen to have committed a sex crime. Again, most criminal defense lawyers in Ocean Beach agree that these restrictions should be based on the offender themselves and may even be open to change according to reports submitted by the convict’s psychologists.
Of course, even if these laws are reformed, you still don’t want to have a sex offense listed on your criminal record. These crimes are particularly difficult to defend as they are so emotional, which is why anyone accused of a sex crime should always speak with a top Pacific Beach sex crimes lawyer like Peter M. Liss. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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