If you are convicted of one of many types of sexual offenses, you may be labeled a violent sex offender and have to register with the Virginia State Police for the rest of your life. Such a label can make it impossible to get or keep a job and may seriously limit your freedom.
A Conviction That Follows You
A conviction for many types of sexual offenses means you must register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. A person convicted of many types of crimes including rape and attempted rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, child pornography along with many other related crimes must register with the Virginia State Police.
The VPS Sex Offender Registry website then posts the name, photo, address and offense of everyone who is required to register. This is not a one-time registration either. Anyone convicted of one of such offenses must register with local police and re-register every time he or she moves, changes jobs, changes email addresses or changes other identifying markers.
For those who fail to register as a sex offender, he or she will face a Class 6 felony. If it happens again, the offender will be charged with a Class 5 felony. Failing to register or update information can send you back to jail to serve more time.
It may be possible to have your charges reduced or modified so you will not have to deal with a possible lifelong label. Our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys can work on a strong defense to fight the charges you are facing. Remember, there must be no doubt in your case in order for you to be convicted. We will work hard to cast doubt on what the prosecution alleges in the charges.