It is important that individuals charged with, or even just under investigation for a crime, take action to protect their rights early on. The sooner one does this, the better the chance is that any criminal charges that are pressed will be resolved in their favor. While this applies to all criminal charges it is particularly important with sex crimes where the consequences for a conviction often extend far beyond the time one is released from prison. Sometimes even the rest of one’s life.
As readers are probably aware, most people convicted of a sex crime in the state of Virginia need to register as a sex offender. As a convicted sex offender who was staying in Virginia Beach recently learned, the failure to do this can result in even more serious consequences.
The man, who was arrested by United States Marshals, was previously convicted of Carnal Knowledge of a victim between the ages of 13-15. The man’s current arrest was not a fluke. As a result of his alleged failure to register, the law enforcement agency commenced an investigation into his whereabouts. That investigation included surveillance.
Though the consequences the man faces for his alleged failure to register as a sex offender are not clear, it is fair to assume that it will entail time in prison. To attain the best result possible, working with a criminal defense lawyer at this point in the process is just as important as it was when he was initially accused of the sex crime.
Source: WTKR, “US Marshals arrest sex offender found hiding in Virginia Beach,” Becca Mitchell, May 1, 2014