How Much Sex Offender Information Can the Public See?Published: Apr 10, 2017 in Sex Crimes
One of the many reasons you should tenaciously defend yourself against any sex crimes charge is because your private information, including what you look like and where you live, becomes public once you have to register as a sex offender. This requirement for offenders is meant to track your whereabouts and alert the public to a potential safety risk. It is all in the name of public safety, despite increasing the stigma surrounding your offense and making it difficult for you to move on with your life.
Information Available on the Texas Sex Offender Registry
If you are required to register as a sex offender in Texas, the public will have access to your:
- Full name, nicknames, and aliases
- Current and previous photographs
- Physical description, including height, weight, hair color, eye color, and shoe size
- Designated sex
- Race and ethnicity
- Current residential address
- College and campus
- Conviction, including the specific offense, sentence, date of disposition, and the sex and age of the victim(s)
- Legally-appointed risk level
- Sex offender registration period and reregistration interval
- Previously registration locations
Individuals using this site are able to search based on name, address, zip code, county, and educational institutional. They may search for offenders living within a certain distance of their own home or search for offenders who go to school with them. However, online users search, if you live or go to school nearby, they are likely to see your information.
Information Available on the National Sex Offender Registry
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website offers a national database of registered sex offenders and is maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice. Through this website, individuals can search by name, zip code, or a specific address. When they select a name to review, they will be sent to the state website for where an offender is registered. This means if an individual wants to view your information, they will be sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety site to view the same information listed above.
Avoid Registration: Contact a Houston Sex Crimes Lawyer Today
If you are facing sex offense charges in Texas, the best way to avoid the requirement to register as a sex offender is to work with a skilled Houston criminal defense attorney from The Law Offices of Ned Barnett. By working with a lawyer who believes in upholding your rights and has years of experience with sex crime cases, you have someone on your side, ready to gather evidence on your behalf and will strive to dismantle the prosecutor’s arguments. Attorney Ned Barnett knows the harsh consequences you are facing, which is why he offers you an aggressive and comprehensive defense.
To learn more about how he can help, call today at (713) 222-6767 to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation.