In Missouri, individuals who have been convicted of a sex crime will be
required to register in the national registry of sex offenders. After
release from prison, getting back into the flow of daily life can be difficult
and offenders can face additional hardships. Some of the negative effects
faced by offenders can be felt immediately, such as the disqualification
from certain jobs. Others are harder to quantify, such as public stigma.
Below are four of the ways in which registration as a sex offender can
greatly impact a person’s life.
Effects of sex offender registration can include:
Where you may live: One of the most apparent and immediate complications a person will face
includes restrictions on where they may live. Property managers often
ask applicants if they are convicted felons during the screening process
and may consider this information when denying candidates. Furthermore,
when offenders move into a new property, they may be required to inform
their neighbors of their legal status.
Employment eligibility: Certain industries will automatically disqualify convicted felons, and
sex offenders are additionally restricted from working in jobs where children
are regularly present. For example, an offender may not be able to hold
jobs such as teachers or theme park employees.
Legal supervision: Sex offenders will be required to check in with law enforcement at regular
intervals and failure to do so can result in further punishments. Most
activities an offender engages in will need approval from law enforcement
such as a change in address, jobs, and in some cases, involvement in new
Public opinion: Possibly the hardest punishment and effect to quantify comes in the form
of public perception. While every crime will be different, many people
will not look past the label of sex offender. The registry is made publically
available online and anyone may check on the status and location of every
sex offender in the country. It can be difficult to face the potential
backlash and prejudice from members of the community.
Former Prosecutor Defending Your Freedom
Offenders stay on the registry for life and if you or someone you know
is being charged with a sex crime, it is vital to secure the legal representation
of our Springfield criminal defense attorneys. At Worsham Law Firm, we
have more than 20 years of legal experience helping our clients to defend
their freedom. Our founding attorney is a former prosecutor who understands
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