How Long a Conviction Will Keep You on the Texas Sex Offender Registry
Sex-related charges are incredibly serious charges that can inexorably alter the course of your life – even after you serve your sentence. If you are ultimately convicted of a sex crime, you will very likely serve time behind bars. Once you have done your time, you will probably be subject to further penalties, such as being added to the state's sex offender registry.
Crimes that Commonly Carry a 10-Year Term on the Sex Registry
Some sexually based crimes carry a 10-year term on the Texas sex offender registry, and these include:
Online solicitation of a minor
Indecency with a child
Indecency with a child by sexual contact
Crimes that Are Likely to Land You on the List for Life
If you are convicted of any of the following sexually based crimes, you may be required to stay on the sex offender's list for life:
Kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping
Continuous sexual abuse of a minor
Possession or promotion of child pornography
Compelling the prostitution of a minor
You may, however, have legal options after you have successfully served your sentence. If you are able to smoothly reintegrate into society and to refocus your life on healthy, legal pursuits, you may have a chance at early termination of your sex offender registration. While this process is daunting, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can make all the difference.
Bringing Your Strongest Defense
The best way to stay off the sex offender registry is obviously to bring your most robust defense and not be convicted in the first place. Any of the following defense strategies may apply to your situation:
The charges are a mistake (you did not commit the crime).
The statute of limitations related to the alleged crime has run its course (the alleged crime happened too long ago).
The alleged victim was a consenting adult.
The physical evidence involved is insignificant or lacking in integrity.
There is reasonable doubt related to you commiting the crime in question.
Every charge is utterly unique to the circumstances involved. You and your dedicated criminal defense lawyer will carefully weigh the evidence and the particulars related to your case in your efforts to craft a strong defense that directly addresses the charge you face.
Do Not Delay Consulting with an Experienced Killeen Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
A sexually-based charge and conviction can alter the course of your life in ways you may not have even considered. In addition to the legal consequences, there are the social implications that can affect your ability to keep your job, rent a home, and much more. If you have been charged with a sex crime, Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is an imposing criminal defense lawyer committed to aggressively advocating in defense of your rights to help bring about your case's best possible resolution. We care about your case, so please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.