A Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Can Help You Avoid the Sex Offender Registry
Being branded a sex offender is one of the most dire consequences of being convicted of a sex crime. Now, North Carolina has taken an additional measure to ensure that the public will be able to locate registered sex offenders in their area. As the following excerpt taken from a TWC News story details:
After years of success and more than 40,000 iPhone downloads, the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry app is now available for Android devices.
Attorney General Roy Cooper made the announcement Wednesday in Charlotte. The free app allows users to search for registered sex offenders within a one, three, or five-mile radius.
“It may be your home, it may be your child’s school, it may be your child’s daycare center. You want to know what sex offenders live in that area and what they did to be convicted of their crime,” said Cooper.
Users can also sign up for email alerts if an offender moves into a designated area.
There are more than 20,000 registered sex offenders in North Carolina, 980 live in Mecklenburg County. During the month of October, the sheriff’s office targeted 700 of them to verify their information was up to date as part of Operation Watch Dog.
As a result of this public posting, registered sex offenders might find it difficult to find a place to live or work. They also are subject to being harassed by neighbors.
According to many sex offenders, being listed in the registry is more difficult to deal with than serving out a prison sentence. As such, it is extremely important to hire a knowledgeable Raleigh criminal lawyer, since with legal assistance an offender may be able to avoid being placed in the sex offender registry. An experienced lawyer will have a number of strategies in their arsenal to help a person avoid the sex offender registry—even in a plea bargain.
However, many more people are now likely to end up on the registry, mainly because the government has expanded the range of offenses that will immediately place a defendant on it. Not every lawyer is experienced in handling these types of cases. Hiring an inexperienced one can cause an unsuspecting defendant to agree to a plea bargain without fully understanding the long-term consequences of doing so.
A well-informed Raleigh criminal attorney with Kurtz & Blum, PLLC may be able to help provide individuals with a solid defense against the charges brought against them, and even have their name removed from the sex offender registry. If you or someone you know is facing serious charges, give us a call at 919-832-7700 to speak with one of our attorneys.
(Article Excerpt and Image from NC Attorney General unveils app to track sex offenders, Time Warner Cable News, November 6, 2013)