How can I avoid the sex offender registry?

North Carolina, like all states, has a sex offender registry. Registration is mandatory if convicted of certain offenses, including misdemeanor sexual battery, indecent liberties with a child, and violent rapes.

For less serious felonies and non-violent sex offenses, the minimum term of registration is 10 years. The North Carolina sex offender registry imposes certain requirements, limitations on where you can live, restrictions on the professions (including, professions involving contact with children) and licenses you can obtain.

While there are cases of people who have been convicted of felony sex offenses, placed on the sex offender registry and later admitted to the North Carolina bar as practicing attorneys, obviously this is a rare outcome.

In most cases, an allegation of sexual impropriety or assault is life-altering.

Since most people are obviously worried about a felony conviction and potential jail time, they overlook the potential impact of the sex offender registry. A felony or misdemeanor conviction for a sex offense can never be expunged in North Carolina.

While voting rights are restored at the conclusion of the punishment phase of a felony conviction, gun rights are no. It is a state and federal crime to possess a firearm if you are a felon, and this includes ammunition. You can be punished at both levels, and such punishment does not implicate double jeopardy protections. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a program in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilson, Greenville, and Wilmington that involves the federal prosecution of convicted felons who possess firearms.

Even with all those restrictions imposed by any felony, the sex offender registry is much worse. When considering a potential Raleigh criminal lawyer consider a lawyer who has experience handling complex sex cases, including cases involving the sex offender registry.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.