You’re facing serious allegations of a crime of a sexual nature, and you are certainly worried about spending time behind bars and other such ramifications. On top of that, you know that you may have to register as a sex offender if you’re convicted.
This is concerning because you’re already thinking about your life after you put this behind you. If you do have to register, will your future neighbors know that you’re on that registry? Will they be able to see what you’ve been accused of doing?
This information is public
If your neighbors want to check and see if you are on the sex offenders registry, they certainly can do so. This information is public, and the reason for the registry is so that people can learn where individuals with a conviction on their record are currently living. This doesn’t mean that your neighbors are guaranteed to check the registry, as many people never do, but the information will be public if they want to seek it out.
This is one of the main reasons why you want to try to avoid a conviction on sex crime charges. People are sometimes tempted to plead guilty in order to reach a deal and get the case over with, but you have to think of the long-term ramifications. If you’re doing that just to end the case, you’re putting in place a future status as a sex offender that will be available to everyone.
As such, it is very important for you to look into all of your criminal defense options carefully if you have been accused.