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What Restrictions do Sex Offenders Have to Live Within Utah?

 Posted on July 29, 2022 in Sex crimes

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense LawyerBeing a sex offender can have a permanent impact on your life. Depending on which particular sex crime you are convicted of, you may have to register for a few years or for life. Sex offenders must often live with a number of rules and restrictions that other convicts do not. Not all sex offenders have to follow all possible restrictions that can be imposed - but you will be subject to some of them. As a sex offender, you will also be subject to closer court supervision if you are not sent to prison, or after you are released from incarceration. This can make reintegrating into society very difficult. The challenges sex offenders face are unenviable. If you have been charged with a sex crime, it is very important to work with an attorney who has sex crime experience in order to mitigate the impact your charge may have on the rest of your life.

Rules That Sex Offenders May Have to Follow

One of the biggest concerns that sex offenders have is how public the list is. Anyone can look up who is on the registry at any point. It is easy to search based on location. It will turn up on every background check. In addition, you may also have to live with restrictions like:

  • Living away from children - Utah establishes “protected zones” surrounding places where children may congregate, such as schools, parks, public pools, and daycares. Sex offenders may not reside in these protected zones. This can make it even more difficult to find a place to live.

  • Not entering protected spaces - You may not even be allowed to enter places like schools or playgrounds at all. With limited exceptions, many sex offenders cannot be in “protected zones” at all.

  • Reporting life changes - You must report it if you move, get a new vehicle, begin any type of educational program including trade schools, or get a new job.

  • Stay away from the victim - If your crime had an identifiable victim, you will be required to stay far away from them. This may mean that you have to move out of your home if the victim was a household member or even a neighbor.

You will likely be required to report to a parole officer frequently, and you may be required to wear an ankle monitor. The importance of a strong legal defense to a sex crime allegation cannot be understated.

Call a Utah Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of a sex crime, Collins Rupp, P.C. can offer you top-quality legal defense. Our experienced Davis County sex crimes defense attorneys will zealously represent you and fight to minimize the impact of your charge. Contact us at 385-777-2753 for a free consultation.


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