If you are convicted of a crime that is sexual in nature, you may need to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania. Depending on the crime you committed, your registration may last for 15 years, 25 years, or the full extent of your life. The Pennsylvania State Police record crimes that can lead to sex offender registration, under what is known as Megan’s Law. Sex offender registration will have an extraordinarily negative impact on your life due to its visibility to the public, future employers, and the police.
If you are required to register as a sex offender, you will meet with the Pennsylvania State Police who will take all of your information, including your name and address, along with a photograph, which they will make publicly available on the Megan’s Law website. Not only will you need to register with the police, but any friend, family member, neighbor, or employer may view your sex offender status. Popular search engines such as Google will even link to websites that will list this information. Anybody who searches your name in the future will easily discover your status as a registered sex offender.
When an employer can discover that you are registered as a sex offender in Pennsylvania by performing a simple internet search, finding and maintaining employment will prove exceptionally difficult. Furthermore, if you are currently employed, the Megan’s Law website will list your current employment address, which in turn, will damage your employer’s reputation and may lead to you losing your job. The nature of your crime may preclude you from working with children or at a business that serves or admits children. Future employers who perform background checks or simple internet searches will be unlikely to hire you since they will know you are a registered sex offender.
Having to register as a sex offender will undoubtedly hurt your reputation. Nowadays, anybody with a computer can and often will perform simple internet searches for acquaintances to find out more information about them. Your family, friends, co-workers, and romantic interests will all know that you are a registered sex offender. When they see that you are registered as a sex offender, they will not stop to question the reason for the registration. Instead, they will jump to the conclusion that you are guilty of the crime for which you were convicted. Therefore, get an attorney on your side to fight for you and prevent the conviction that will lead to registration as a sex offender.
If you were arrested for a crime that is sexual in nature, immediately get an attorney to defend you. You do not want to have to register as a sex offender, and the Skinner Law Firm will do everything within our power to prevent the wrongful accusations against you from turning into a lifetime of damaging consequences. Call the Skinner Law Firm today at (610) 436-1410 or contact us online to fight for your future.