Those who have been convicted of sex crimes typically must pay a very steep price for a long period of time. Even if they spend time incarcerated, once they are allowed to rejoin society they are still closely monitored by the authorities. A convicted sex offender must report to his or her local sex offender registry for years or even for the duration of their life.
The fact is, compared to those convicted of other criminal acts, sex offenders are far less likely to be convicted of repeat offenses. The recidivism rate for persons who spend time in prison for committing sex crimes is only 2.5 percent.
This is in stark contrast to the recidivism rate for released burglars, which stands at 13.4 percent and assaulters and burglars, which have recidivism rates in excess of 20 percent. These statistics seem to debunk the myth that sex offenders are more likely than other types of criminals to repeat past illegal behavior.
There are a number of factors that could affect the likelihood of sex offender recidivism, which include treatment while in prison and post-prison intervention. The success of such programs would indicate that most sex offenders are very capable of making positive behavioral changes.
Sometimes a person can have mental or emotional issues that lead them to act out in a manner that results in being charged with a sex crime. When such an unfortunate event occurs, the person charged has rights and is entitled to have legal representation.
If you are facing charges for sex offenses, you may benefit from the skills of an experienced criminal attorney. The attorney could work with you to form a strong defense that may include introducing evidence that you were under some form of duress during the event in question.