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What Are The Consequences Of A Sexual Assault Conviction



As a heinous sex crime, sexual assault is considered a very serious conviction. Those convicted of sexual assault will have to face numerous serious consequences that could have lasting effect upon their entire lives. It is important for those facing this sentence as well as for those seeking legal recourse to know the full impact of a sexual assault conviction. Consequences may vary from state to state. 

Immediate Consequences Of Sexual Assault Conviction

Sexual assault is a felony, and most convictions result in a lengthy jail sentence, which can have its own consequences with regard to future employability and quality of life. You will have to register as a sex offender, your family and community reputation will suffer, and you will find yourself increasingly isolated from the rest of society. Depending on the severity of your sexual assault, you may be imprisoned for life.

Lasting Consequences Of Sexual Assault Conviction

Even if you are eventually freed from jail, you will still have to live with the social stigma of being a sex offender for a very long time. In the state of New York, for instance, even minor sex offenders are on the list for twenty years following their conviction. More serious offenders are classified for life. Consequences of this classification include:

 

  • Severe restrictions on where you live, i.e. ban on living within a certain distance of schools or certain neighborhoods
  • Requirements to inform neighborhood residents of your sex offender status
  • Forfeiture of your right to bear arms
  • Necessity to report every 1-3 years to your local police office for a current photograph
  • Necessity to report any new address to police authorities
  • Necessity to provide your Internet service provider, online screen name and email accounts to police authorities

Sex offenders may be required to be in contact with the police for the rest of their lives. This is designed to ensure the safety of the rest of the population. For this reason, if you are mounting a defense, it is vital that you get a qualified lawyer to represent you in court.