How a Sex Crime Can Screw Your Future

According to the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), there are approximately 150,000 convicted sex offenders who are serving time in federal and state prisons throughout America, and numerous others have been sentenced directly to supervised probation. Some individuals who are incarcerated face a lengthy prison term, and sometimes even imprisonment for the remainder of their lives. Those who are released must comply with specific rules and conditions that limit their actions for years after their time is served. For some, the conditions of release apply for a lifetime. Conditions of release often include:

  • Limitations on contact with certain individuals, often including no contact at all with victims, and limited or no contact with minors
  • Required attendance of treatment specifically designed for sex offenders
  • Restrictions on internet access
  • No drug or alcohol use
  • Limitations on where the offender can live or work
  • Supervised parole/ probation

While the punishment of convicted sex offenders is essential to prevent these crimes from recurring, many sex crime convictions carry penalties that are disproportionate to the actual crime committed. Even worse, sex crime accusations are often easy to make, and even easier to make believable in court. Astonishingly, some sex crime convictions are made with little more evidence than the word of the accuser. Sadly, even simple romantic encounters between contenting teenagers can be blown out of proportion and result in jail time, offender registration, and other ramifications for years to come.

The Effects of a Sex Crime Conviction After Incarceration

Unfortunately, the effects of a sex crime conviction do not end once an offender is released from incarceration, and they can be devastating to virtually every aspect of an individual’s future. In Minnesota, convicted sexual offenders must complete offender registration. Their information, including the residence of the convicted individual, the date and details of the crime itself, and other data is typically displayed and is made available to anyone who is interested. Unlike other crimes that allow individuals to start over after serving their prison term, sex crimes that require registration create a “brand” on the offender that cannot be removed. Such branding can cause:

  • Limitations on the offender’s ability to secure housing
  • Difficulty obtaining employment
  • Social stigma that affects both past and future relationships
  • Physical and/or emotional harm from members of society
  • Suffering of family members

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

Years of Experience: Approx. 20 years
Minnesota Registration Status: Active
Bar & Court Admissions: State of Minnesota Minnesota State Court Minnesota Federal Court 8th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals State of Maryland

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Confidential informants may provide integral information to help build criminal investigations, but how reliable is that information when they are receiving payment for their services? To protect them, state law requires the identity of informants be kept confidential. For those facing criminal charges, however, this creates challenges in questioning the accuracy and validity of the information given at trial.
Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.