If you are charged with a sex offense in Massachusetts the penalties can be much more substantial than just incarceration. For instance, if you are convicted of a sex offense you will likely be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board. This requires annual registration, and allows for public access to your personal information.
Additionally, many towns have residency requirements that disallow sex offenders from residing in certain locations. For example, some towns won’t allow sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a school. This can obviously be problematic if such person already owns a home within 1,000 feet of a school before any such conviction.
Similarly, if you are placed on probation for a sex offense, GPS is required for the period of probation. The GPS will also include exclusion zones, or locations you can’t go to. There is also a significant monthly cost for the GPS, which is in addition to the supervised probation fee.
Most convictions for sex offenses will also subject the person to submission of DNA for inclusion in the DNA database, and the potential to be examined for involuntary lifetime commitment under the sexually dangerous person’s statute.
As a result, if you are charged with a sex offense, contact a criminal defense attorney who will fight for you. Don’t hesitate; the penalties are far too severe.