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Registered sex offenders: No Halloween fun for you

Being convicted of a sex crime in Colorado or anywhere in the country has a significant impact on a person's life and even the life of his or her family. The stigma that goes along with being a registered sex offender is as negative as it gets, even if a person's supposed offense was relatively minor and made up for through serving one's sentence.

Registered sex offenders have to live by a certain set of rules. They are supervised by authorities and told where they can and can't live or where they can or can't visit. The freedom of being outside of prison is a limited freedom that can seem harsh and confusing to some. An out-of-state Halloween rule provides an example of how far the consequences of a sex crime conviction can reach.

While most families are looking forward to opening their doors to trick-or-treaters this evening, some homes where registered sex offenders reside have been ordered to keep their doors shut. A city in California is prohibiting the outdoor Halloween decoration of sex offenders' homes and the opening of their doors this holiday night.

It is habit for parents to get greatly concerned about the safety of their children during this particular holiday. They fear that the number of kids on the streets would prove too tempting for sexual offenders. A court in the city agreed that Halloween limits would be prudent but did draw a line somewhere.

Part of the initial proposal was that registered sex offenders would have to post "no candy" signs at their homes. A judge ruled that such a requirement would violate people's freedoms and also put people and their property at risk of irresponsible public behavior.

This is just one example of how a sex crime conviction can change a person's life. Our firm helps people charged with sex offenses fight a conviction so that they do not have to register as a sex offender.

Source: CNN, "California judge's ruling a partial victory for registered child sex offenders," Michael Cary, Oct. 29, 2012

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