Keegan Lawyers Can Help You Learn More About Sex Offender Registration in Boston
About Massachusetts’ Sex Offender Registry
Being convicted for any crime is a serious matter and one which can have far reaching and life changing consequences. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime, however, you are at risk of being subjected to an additional penalty which could cause you major problems even after completing any type of sentence of imprisonment. Under state law, most crimes of a sexual nature carry the penalty of mandatory registration as a sex offender. This means that if you are convicted, you may be required to provide information including your current residential address, your place of employment and the address of any school you may be attending the Sex Offender Registry Board.
Meet the Neighbors
For especially serious offenses, the local police are required to actively notify the community by informing organizations and anyone in the public who is likely to encounter you. When you move to a new neighborhood, the fact that you have arrived may be announced on your behalf by a police officer going around knocking on your neighbors’ doors. Local schools are also notified. In addition to this, you would also have a personal profile on a website maintained by the SORB. Anyone could find you by searching the city name or zip code. A potential employer, landlord or even a date could find you by looking up your last name. The profile includes a mug shot, a detailed physical description, and details about the crime for which you were convicted.
Sex Crimes: Registerable Offenses in Boston
Massachusetts state law provides a long list of criminal offenses which include sex offender registration as a penalty for conviction.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Indecent Assault and Battery, Over 14 or Under 14
- Child Kidnapping
- Child Abuse
- Child Enticement
- Child Pornography
- Unnatural and Lascivious Acts with a Child Under 16
The length of time that you would be required to register depends on the specific offense for which you were convicted. Many require registration for 20 years from the date of conviction, while the most serious offenses-and any sex crime against a child-results in a requirement to register for life. In either scenario, the consequences of a conviction could have a devastating impact on your future. Clearly, you simply cannot afford to allow this to happen to you. Take immediate action by contacting Keegan Law for a confidential consultation with a Boston criminal defense attorney from our firm. We have more than 40 years of combined experience and are ready to fight to clear your name.