When you are facing a sex-related charge, you have to think about more than just the possibility of being incarcerated. In some cases, you have to think about what it will mean for you to have to register as a sex offender. This might seem like just a formality but it actuality, it is something that can impact your life considerably.

We know that you don’t want to have to deal with a lot of hassle just because of the sex offense. If you think about it, it really isn’t fair that you have to live with collateral consequences for a long time after your actual sentence is over. Still, this is the reality.

Some of the ways that you are impacted might surprise you. One of these ways is through your social life. The stigma of being a registered sex offender can mean that you lose some of the people who are close to you. It can mean that people harass you. Some people won’t let you ever forget your past.

Another way that you might be impacted is through your employment prospects. The stigma that comes with being a registered offender and the risk that is perceived with that label can stop you from being able to find employment in some sectors. Laws will also prevent you from working in certain places, such as in schools.

You might also find that you can’t find a place to live. Some rental companies and landlords might not rent to you based on your criminal history. This can make life incredibly difficult.

We know that all of this is a lot to take in. Now that you know what is at stake, you can take action to fight the charges.