There are many collateral consequences of being charged with a sex offense under Massachusetts law. Beyond facing the potential for a jail or state prison sentence, you will also face registration with the sex offender registry board, the potential for commitment as a sexually dangerous person, as well as GPS monitoring. There has also been an upswing over the past few years in town residency restrictions.
Town residency restrictions are those adopted by the particular city or town that prohibit certain sex offenders, usually level 3, from residing within certain distances from schools and parks, just to name two locations. A typical residency restriction would prohibit someone determined to be a level 3 sex offender from living within 1,000 of a school or park.
This can obviously be an onerous restriction if there are many parks within a particular town, or if the only place you can live is within 1,000 feet of a school or park. Such a restriction could require someone to sell their home, and face significant difficulties in finding residency, all to prevent any violation of restrictions.
As residency restrictions are just one of a number of potential collateral consequences of a conviction for a sex offense, it is important to find a criminal attorney who has experience handling such cases. Don’t hesitate, more than your freedom is on the line.