Criminal actions relating to sexual offenses are nothing to take lightly - the law certainly does not. These crimes are commonly referred to as some of the most heinous criminal actions that can occur. The state of California has taken a tough stance on these types of crimes and works tirelessly to ensure that those convicted of sex crimes are slapped with some of the harshest penalties possible. Part of this is in having sex offenders officially register - something that is not only embarrassing but can cause significant issues later in life, not only personally but professionally as well.
What is Megan's Law and how will it affect my case?
California is one of many states that have adapted a version of Megan's Law. This is a piece of legislation, also known as Assembly Bill 488, which requires that all convicted sex offenders register; this information is then made publically available to anyone with Internet access. While the state has required that sex offenders register for the past five decades, the expansion of this law makes it much easier for just about everyone to find information about sex offenders in their area.
While this is certainly done with the best of intentions, it can raise serious issues for the offenders. For example, while it is a criminal act to use this information for an illicit activity, it does not always stop people. In fact, in some cases this information can be grossly misused to harass those who are listed; even if it was for a minor offense or if they have dutifully served their penalty and paid the price.
Do you need an attorney?
If you have been criminally charged with a sex-related offense - no matter if it was for rape or
prostitution, it is in your best interests to get an experienced lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Beyond the possibility of being required to register, it is also important to remember that you will be facing criminal penalties that include monetary fines and/or incarceration.
It is for this reason that we encourage you to get the involvement of the Law Office of Thomas J. Mueller as soon as possible. With over 35 years of aggregate experience, we have proven over the years that we can be trusted with the most complex of cases. We are not deterred by daunting circumstances and will do everything that we can to help you obtain the most desirable outcome possible. So don't waste another moment! Give us a call and learn how we can help you build the strongest possible case.