If you have been convicted of a sex crime and now have to register with your local sex offender registry, you are likely well aware of the limitations and requirements that have been placed on your life. And while at times, the way in which laws are applied may not seem fair, it is still very important you abide by them. To do otherwise could result in very serious consequences, including incarceration.

The Halloween season can present some special issues for paroled sex offenders. Specifically, so-called “No Candy” laws forbid offenders from handing out candy to trick or treaters. Of course, the intention of such laws is to keep children safe. And on the surface, there may be some logic to limiting the actions of sex offenders during a holiday when children, who may or may not be escorted, go from door to door.

But are such Halloween-specific laws really necessary? Well, a 2009 study published in a sex abuse journal determined that children are under no greater threat on Halloween than at any other time during the year. Moreover, there are law enforcement statistics showing that there is no increase in the rate of children being victims of sex crimes during Halloween.

However, if you are a paroled sex offender, it is imperative that you acquaint yourself with any Halloween laws that may be relevant to your situation. And if for some reason, you are accused of violating those laws, you may be facing felony charges. If this happens, you will likely need the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can examine the specifics of your arrest and build a defense aimed at limiting the potential penalties that could be imposed.