If you have been charged with any type of sex crime, you must secure strong legal representation immediately to increase your chances of obtaining the best possible outcome for your case. Sex crimes come with collateral consequences that can completely turn your life upside down.
At Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, we understand how damaging the consequences of a sex crime conviction can be and will fight to reduce your charges or even get your case dismissed. Call us today at (412) 281-2146 to find out how we can help you.
Collateral Consequences of a Sex Crimes Conviction
Penalties for sex offenses in Pennsylvania vary based on the age of the victim, type of crime committed, and whether the person convicted has a previous criminal record. In most cases, a sex crime conviction will result in hefty fines and lengthy prison time. Additionally, the collateral consequences for sex crime offenders are just as serious and include:
Sex Offender Registration
According to Pennsylvania law, anyone convicted of a sex crime must register with the state’s Sex Offender Registry and update their information regularly. If you register, all of your personal information including your name, home address, work address, and photo will be available to the public. Failing to register as a sex offender can lead to additional consequences.
If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may be ineligible for certain jobs under Pennsylvania law. Most employers will not choose to hire you if they find out you are a registered sex offender after completing a criminal background check. In addition, your professional license may be suspended or completely revoked, making it impossible for you to make a living by working in the career of your choice.
A sex crime conviction can make it very difficult for you to rent an apartment or house. You may also have restrictions on where you can live, including near a park, daycare, or school. Additionally, no more than five sexually violent predators may live in a group home at any one time. Thus, if you are trying to reside in a halfway house or rehabilitation facility, you may have limitations.
Sex crime convictions can have a devastating effect on your immigration status. You may be deported from the United States or prohibited from ever returning to the country if you were to leave. The type of sex crime you committed may also affect your life in your native country.
If you are single or divorced and have custody rights that allow you to see your children, those rights may be taken away because of a sex crime conviction. The other parent may request sole custody of your children as well as a protection order from the court.
Ruined Reputation and Relationships
Since sex crime offenders are not hidden from the public and are often labeled as “sexually violent predators,” a conviction can lead to ruined personal and professional reputations. You may find it incredibly difficult to develop healthy and meaningful relationships with a romantic partner, social acquaintance, employer, or anyone else who is aware of your conviction.