Receiving a conviction for any serious crime can profoundly impact the course of your life. But in most situations, after serving your time in prison and on probation, you typically have the right to live your life free of interference from the authorities. But this is usually not the case for those convicted of sex crimes.

As we discussed in a previous post, a convicted sex criminal must report to the local sex offender registry for a duration of 15 years to life, depending on the severity of the crime for which he or she was convicted. But this level of personal intrusion is only the beginning because once you are entered into one sex offender database, it is very possible that you will become part of a nationwide database that anyone can access.

It is called the National Sex Offender Public Website, and it is a central site that has information from jurisdictions all across the country. The only limitations regarding the information that may be displayed is based on the laws of each individual Jurisdiction.

Using the NSOPW is extremely easy, as it can be searched using names, ZIP codes, Jurisdictions and other options, depending on what data are provided by the Jurisdictions. In other words, if someone should access your record, they can find personal details pertaining to your conviction.

Having such compromising facts available for public viewing is just one of the serious issues with which convicted sex offenders must contend. Moreover, failing to register and keep current with the registry is a federal crime and could result in more prison time.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, you have every reason to prepare a strong defense as quickly as possible. A New Jersey criminal defense attorney may be able to help you by investigating the alleged crime and looking for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. The attorney could work toward having the case dismissed or the charges reduced.