“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, 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.