Being convicted of a crime that lands you on the sex offender registry has huge, and sometimes lifelong, consequences. If you are facing that kind of case in the courts of Maine, you need to get a lawyer as early in the process as possible.
To hear what Merritt Heminway has to say on the topic, see: Are Sex Offender Laws in the State of Maine Fair?
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We’ve included a transcript of the video below:
Problems with the state of Maine’s sex offender registry.
So when you are convicted of certain sex offenses, you will be on a sex offender registry list and sometimes for 10 years and sometimes for a lifetime. There’s very strict registration requirements that you have to go through.
Depending on the level of offense it’s, every quarterly you have to Report at the police station. If you leave for five days you have to let them know. You have to tell them your job. In some cases you have to give them all the passcode to your computer and your online handles or online names that you use. So you’re giving up significant privacy.
The state has characterized that this is for sort of for public safety and it’s not punishment it’s regulatory scheme. The reality is that being on the sex offender registry is a punishment. It is a very real punishment. And when people go on the sex offender registry, the public, to see what “sex offenders” are living and I say sex offenders because it is this very loaded term. There’s no distinguishing amongst the crime so from the most serious to the least serious under the sexual assault statue you can be on the registry.
So when people see that they don’t know and there’s this whole sort of veneer that surrounds being on the registry. Not to mention the issues of getting a job, living anywhere. There are reports of people having to live under bridges and sex offender camps in Florida because the living restrictions are so tight. In other words of where they can live that they can’t live anywhere so they’re living under a bridge.
And I don’t see how that is good public policy or promote safety in anyway. And there is no research that says sex offender registry makes anyone safer. It doesn’t reduce recidivism. It makes you feel safer. It makes vigilantism a higher probability. You need to have an attorney early on to start telling your side of the story, telling your narrative.