If you are charged with a sex offense, there are many potential consequences beyond a criminal sentence. For instance, if you are convicted of a sex offense and placed on probation, not only are you facing the conditions of GPS monitoring and sex offender counseling, but you will also likely have to register with the sex offender registry board.
The sex offender registry board will give you a preliminary classification as either a level 1, 2, or 3 offender, with the option to challenge such designation at a hearing before an examiner. If given a level 3 classification, your personal information, including home address will be actively disseminated by the board and police.
A further consequence of a guilty finding on a sex offense is the potential to be committed to the Massachusetts treatment center as a sexually dangerous person. In such a proceeding, if the district attorney petitions the Superior Court to hold someone as a sexually dangerous person and the court agrees, that individual is confined until a trial may be held to determine such person’s status. If found to be sexually dangerous after trial, the you can be held at the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater from one day to life.
With such significant collateral consequences flowing from a conviction for a sex offense, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney with knowledge of the sex offense laws. Don’t wait until it’s too late, make the call today.