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Recent New York policy demonstrates fear of sex offenders

If you are convicted of a sex crime, you may have to serve a prison sentence and, after being paroled, sign in at the local sex registry. This means that even if you have served your time, your personal life will still be under a microscope and your movements will be monitored.

Unfortunately, we are living in a time where people are exceptionally fearful that their children may be in jeopardy due to the existence of convicted sex crime offenders. Even though, as we reported in a previous post, the rate of recidivism for convicted sex offenders is a mere 2.5 percent, fear still exists among the general public.

And this fear can result in legislation that further penalizes and ostracizes sex offenders. For example, recently in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that paroled registered sex offenders are prohibited from signing up to play the popular Pokemon Go game, as well as other such Internet-enabled games.

The logic behind this move is that children playing the game, which calls for players to go to different physical locations, could cross paths with a sex offender with ill-intent. The governor has gone so far as to solicit the cooperation of Niantic, Pokemon Go's developer, to engage in a partnership that involves the company receiving updated sex offender information.

These new regulations exemplify how difficult it can be to live a normal, productive life after being convicted of a sex crime. And this also demonstrates that, if you are a registered sex offender, you could be denied certain opportunities afforded to everyone else.

So if you are ever accused of a sex crime or have been cited for violating conditions of your parole and are facing reincarceration, you need to form as strong a defense as possible. Therefore, you could benefit from the representation of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.

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