“I was charged with the murder of my best friend, and held on a $1 million dollar bond. My family got Greg Robey on the case and he immediately started fighting for me. He found a forensic pathologist and a firearms expert to help my case. After a long battle with the prosecutors, I was freed. I can honestly say that Greg Robey saved my life!” -R.W., Warren, Ohio
Sentencing for sex offenders can vary widely – those incarcerated for Felony I rape in 2004, for example, were sentenced to an average of 11.4 years, while the most serious convictions can lead to life sentences. And since Ohio adopted The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act in 2008, it’s clear that for the more than 19,000 Ohioans currently listed as sex offenders, the end of incarceration doesn’t mean the end of their sentence.
Those accused of a sex offense must understand what they may be facing. They should exercise their rights while they still can – including their right to remain silent, and their right to an attorney – because conviction on a sex offense can affect them, quite literally, for the rest of their lives.
Once they are released from prison, sex offenders will have their names, addresses, photos and offenses publicized for all to see. They will be prohibited from living within 1000 feet of schools, preschools and day care centers – so family homes may be off limits. And they will be required to regularly report the details of their lives to the sheriffs of the counties where they live, work and/or go to school:
Offenders who fail to register as required can face additional felony charges. Clearly, sex offenses are serious matters that should be handled by an experienced and qualified legal team.