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How the Utah Sex Offender Registry Can Affect Your Life

 Posted on December 27, 2023 in Sex crimes

UT defense lawyerIf you have been convicted of a sex crime, there is a good chance that you will be serving time. Unfortunately, your punishment will not stop there

Did you know that most sex offenders have to register on the sex offender registry? Depending on the crime, you may need to be registered for life, with the requirement to re-register frequently.

Our attorneys are committed to helping people avoid the ramifications of being listed on Utah’s sex offender registry. If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact our office to speak with a Salt Lake City sex crimes attorney today

Trouble Finding Employment

Sex offenders who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes will need to be registered on the sex offender registry for at least ten years, with offenders of more serious crimes having to register for life

Chances are that if you are listed on the registry, it is going to be difficult to find employment. Sex offenses will show up on a background check, which is conducted by most employers when you are applying for a job. Your potential employer will also be able to see that you are listed on the sex offender registry since that information is readily available to the public. Unsurprisingly, many employers are hesitant to hire sex offenders, and many offenders find it very difficult to find a job.

Trouble Finding Housing

Few landlords are willing to rent to a person who has been convicted of a sex crime, no matter if your record has been clean since serving your sentence. Even though real estate agents are not required to disclose to prospective buyers or sellers that you are on the sex offender registry, agents may avoid working with you.

If you do secure housing, Utah law requires that you have to update your listed primary residence on the registry within three business days. If your neighbors learn of your offense, you may be ostracized in the community

Restrictions on Where You Can Go

There are limitations on where you are permitted to go. For example, if you have been convicted of a crime against a minor, you will be restricted from visiting any of the five protected zones

Protected zones include a licensed daycare or preschool, swimming pools open to the public, public or private schools (primary and secondary), community parks, and playgrounds open to the public

Other areas may be off-limits due to the risk of even being in the vicinity of a child. This applies to Group A sex offenders, who are not allowed to have any direct contact with children under the age of 18. It can make it almost impossible to even run daily errands

Utah’s sex offender registry requirements are among the strictest in the nation. If you have been arrested for a sex crime, it is important to consult with a Davis County sex crimes attorney to avoid a conviction

Contact a Salt Lake City, UT, Sex Crimes Attorney Today

Being convicted of a sex crime can make life unbearable. If you have been arrested or charged with a sex crime, do not hesitate to speak with a Davis County, UT, sex crimes attorney. Contact Collins Rupp, P.C. online or by calling 385-777-2753 today to schedule your free consultation.  

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