What If I’m A Convicted Sex Offender?
Being charged with a sex crime, convicted and labeled as a sex offender is a frightening place to be. You will likely face being ostracized by the community and have challenges finding employment and relationships. Arming yourself with knowledge and any support you can find is a path to helping reduce stress and cope with this new reality.
At Greenwood Law, we defend people facing serious criminal charges, including sex crimes. We also can assist people seeking to expunge their records. Call us at 336-794-6138 to discuss your legal needs.
Can I still get a job as a convicted sex offender?
Yes. However, some employers will not hire a person convicted of a felony, especially a sex-related one. This can make it extra challenging to re-enter the workforce. You could visit message boards online and see what advice people have for a convicted sex offender looking for work. You could also broaden your search to include jobs you have not considered in the past such as skilled labor, construction and warehouse work. You could also start your own business.
Can I still live in my place if I’m on the sex offender registry?
Yes. There are no restrictions on where a registered sex offender can live. However, the registered sex offender must live within the location where they are registered. Additionally, depending on the offender’s status (under probationary supervision or on parole), the offender will likely need to remain away from what’s termed a “child safety zone.” This includes schools, parks, playgrounds, roller rinks and other places where kids are likely to frequent or hang out.
Can I get off the sex offender registry list?
In North Carolina, some convicted sex offenders are required to register for 30 years on the sex offender registry. For those individuals, they may petition the court for removal from the registry after 10 years. There are several exceptions to this rule. People whose convictions involved certain circumstances may not petition the court for removal from the list. This is a federal law and includes several items that would prohibit the petition, such as:
- Sex trafficking
- Sexual contact with a minor
- Possession or distribution of child pornography
- Coercion and enticement
If someone has been labeled a “sex offender for life,” they are not eligible to request removal from the list.
Get Your Questions Answered
If you or a loved one is facing life sex crimes charges or life after a conviction, you likely have many questions. The skilled attorneys at Greenwood Law can help you find answers. Call our office in Winston-Salem at 336-794-6138. If it’s not convenient to call us, you may email the firm to set up a consultation.