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Sex crimes convictions in Michigan carry consequences for offenders
There are many complications that can result when a person is facing accusations of committing a sex crime.
A Michigan man was recently arrested after police discovered child pornography on a tablet computer that he had in his home. The man, already on probation for prior sex crimes convictions, faces a host of penalties that will include enhanced punishments due to his status as a repeat offender. If convicted of these most recent crimes, the man may be facing 15 years in prison.
Individuals charged with sex crimes in Michigan may not understand what will happen if they are found guilty. These offenders almost always receive a significant prison sentence, which depends upon the facts involved in the crimes. After the sentences have been completed, additional punishments will apply, which can have a major impact upon their lives. These offenders often will have to comply with very strict terms during their probations, and they will also be required to register as sex offenders.
This means that these offenders will need to report their address to police, so that law enforcement knows where they may be located at all times. Those in tier one must report their address with police once a year, while tier two offenders must report twice a year. Those in tier three must report four times a year. All of these individuals must pay a fee each year to help offset the monitoring costs associated with these requirements. Those who fail to follow these rules run the risk of receiving additional penalties.
Individuals who have been convicted of a sex crime will face very severe obstacles when trying to readjust to society after completing their prison sentences. Many neighborhoods will be apprehensive about having these offenders move into their communities, and this can make it difficult for individuals to find a new place to live. Finding a job can be even more challenging, as employers may be reluctant to hire someone with a sex crimes conviction on his or her record. In fact, many occupations will be off-limits, as offenders will not be allowed to work in certain industries if convicted of a sex crime.
Should you be informed that you are under investigation for a sex crime, or arrested for one of these offenses, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. You future is at serious risk, and you need to understand how important it is to act quickly to build a strong defense to these allegations.
You might feel like you want to put this case behind you as soon as possible, and plead guilty to the crimes charged. If you do this, you could be creating a series of life-long complications that could make it impossible for you to live a normal life. You have options, and it is essential that you take steps to protect your rights.