Sex Offender Registration in Texas
Understanding the Texas Sex Offender Registration Program
One of the consequences of a sex crime conviction that will stay with you the longest is that you will be forced to register as a sex offender. Chapter 62 of the Texas Statutes describes the state Sex Offender Registration Program, including details about the various crimes, such as
sexual assault and
child pornography, which include registration as an aspect of sentencing. Whether you stay in Plano or move to another county, you will have to notify local law enforcement of your presence in the community and provide specific details about yourself for inclusion in an online database, maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The registry is available to the general public for searches based on name, home address, county or proximity to various schools. If you are convicted, your profile will include information such as:
- A recent photograph and supplemental photos
- Detailed physical description, e.g. height, weight, eye color and shoe size
- Name and aliases, including online profiles for social networks
- Home address
- Employer and job title
- Details about your conviction, including the type of crime and age and sex of the alleged victim
If you are found guilty of a sex crime, your punishment will not end at the completion of a jail or prison term or when you pay your fines. You will have to live as a registered sex offender and be exposed to the social stigma and censure attached to that label by members of the community. Neighbors and potential employers will have access to the information in the registry, placing your reputation and your prospects at risk. You can meet with an experienced Plano criminal defense attorney to discuss your case in detail and determine the most effective strategy for fighting the charges, to protect your future from this outcome.
Sex Crime Lawyer in Plano
The legal team at the Zendeh Del Law Firm has successfully represented many clients on criminal charges for sex crimes. They know how stressful it can be for you and your family to face the possibility of a conviction, and when you work with the firm, they will provide you with the highest level of professionalism to meet your criminal defense needs. With so much at stake, you should take swift action to defend your rights and protect your name.
Contact a Plano sex crime attorney to learn more about what you can do to fight the charges against you and prevent being required to register as a sex offender.