Being accused of a sex crime can result in long-term consequences far beyond the initial sentence imposed, and can seriously affect important aspects of your life, including where you may work or live. In addition, there is a strong negative social stigma associated with sexually related crimes, and the fact that sex offenders are required to register with the state makes a previous sex offense easily discoverable to the general public. People facing sex crime allegations should contact a Portland criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to start building a defense.
Proposed law would expand sex offender registry
A new proposed law in Oregon would make it easier for people to find registered sex offenders via the internet. Currently, only sex offenders who are classified as “violent” or “predatory” and require the widest range of notification are searchable through the online system. As the system now stand, only about 4 percent of sex offenders who are required to register with the state appear in sex offender searches. The law, currently known as House Bill 2549 is currently in committee in Salem and would expand the categories of sex offenders in the state.
Because the proposed law would widen the group of sex offenders who appear on the database, privacy advocates claim that the new law would jeopardize the reputations of people convicted of relatively minor crimes. If the bill does become law, it would make is even more important for people to aggressively fight sex crime allegations in order to protect their good name.
Contact an Oregon criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation
The law office of Edward Kroll is dedicated to protecting the rights of Oregonians accused of crimes. Sex crimes carry a particularly negative stigma, and an attorney experienced in defending sex crime allegations can help protect your reputation. Our law office handles all sex crime allegations, including:
If you have been charged with a crime in the state of Oregon, it is in your best interest to have your case reviewed by an experienced Portland criminal defense attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Kroll, contact us today at (503) 352-9360 or via email at our online contact form available on the right side of this page.