Many people look forward to Halloween as a time to carve pumpkins, dress up in a costume or hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. But for people who have been convicted of a sex offense, Halloween can be just another reminder that they made a mistake and are still paying the price for it.
While criminal charges of any kind can be devastating, few are as potentially ruinous as those involving child pornography allegations. Charges of making, having or distributing these materials can destroy a person's family, reputation and career, and a conviction can mean extremely harsh penalties, including lengthy prison sentences.
Of all the consequences that are associated with a criminal conviction, being required to register as a sex offender is one of the most devastating. Prison sentences can be bad enough to seriously damage a person's future, career or family, but people who are also required to register as a sex offender can find it all but impossible to move on from a conviction when they have to regularly comply with sex offender registry requirements.
Being charged with a criminal offense at any age can be devastating. But when young adults or teens are in this situation, they could be facing a lifetime of consequences for a youthful mistake.
Sexual abuse or assault charges can be among the most divisive in the criminal justice system. The public will often pass judgment long before a court does, and if someone is ultimately convicted of a sex crime, he or she will often face extremely harsh penalties.