Skilled Lebanon Sex Offender Registry Attorney
Fierce defense for high-stakes sex crimes cases in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Cookeville, and throughout Tennessee
Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry launched in the late 1990s as a result of new federal laws. The registry is maintained by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and contains the names and addresses of individuals who are convicted of certain sex crimes. The registry’s purpose is to provide information and awareness in local communities.
Any accusation of sexual abuse is serious and damaging, regardless of the truth of the allegations. Penalties for violating sexual abuse laws in Tennessee can include jail time and registration as a sex offender. The Lebanon sex crime defense attorneys at Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, PLLC can help you mitigate serious penalties. Contact us today for aggressive and knowledgeable guidance.
What happens if I’m placed on the sex offender list in TN?
If you are placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry, you will face limitations in your daily life and restrictions on where you can live or work. For example, those deemed sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school and cannot work in any occupation that involves being around children. Additionally, individuals on the Registry are required to obtain permission before travelling out of state, and to notify law enforcement of any changes in their employment status or contact information.
And, of course, anyone can access the sex offender registry – including your neighbors, community, and potential employers.
What are the penalties for failing to register as a sex offender or providing false information?
Tennessee Sex Offender Registry laws can be complex and sometimes cruel. Registry violations in particular can cause substantial penalties. At Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, PLLC, we represent clients who face charges for violating their registration requirements. Our sex crimes lawyers fully understand the laws and keep current on the ever-changing regulations.
Under Tennessee Criminal Code, knowing falsification of a sexual offender registration or verification form constitutes a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense, punishable by confinement in the county jail for not less than 180 days. A subsequent violation is a Class E felony. Falsification may also result in revocation of probation, parole, or other alternative to incarceration.
What are the penalties for Tennessee sex offender registry violations?
It is important to follow the conditions of the Sex Offender Registry. The penalties are severe for violations. For example, if you are convicted of a sexual offense requiring registration, and fail to register on time or at all, you will get a minimum of 90 days in jail. In general, a conviction for a registry violation will appear as an additional felony offense on your criminal record, resulting in enhanced penalties for any future criminal convictions.
Our defense attorneys understand the serious implications of the Sex Offender Registry. We know what is at stake and strive to protect your freedom. In certain circumstances, we can work to have you unlisted and removed from the list.
Contact our Lebanon sex offender registry attorneys today
If you need advice or information about the sex offender registry in Tennessee, schedule a confidential meeting with an experienced Lebanon defense lawyer at Lowery, Lowery & Cherry, PLLC today. We fight to protect your rights and your freedom. We can help. We serve clients in Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Cookeville, or elsewhere in Tennessee. To set up a consultation, call 615-444-7222 or fill out our contact form.