Alabama lawmakers approve bill to separate sex offenders

Posted on April 27th, 2010 No Comments

Last week, the Alabama legislature approved a new bill sponsored by House representative Oliver Robinson and State Senator Priscilla Dunn that would limit the number of registered sex offenders living under the same roof in Jefferson County.

The measure bars landlords from renting out properties to multiple sex offenders and also requires that any sex offenders who live in the same apartment complex reside at least 100 yards from one another.

City officials in Mulga, a town in western Jefferson County, requested that Dunn sponsor a bill that separated sex offenders from one another. This was due to the fact that Mulga has no schools or day care facilities, and thus the law barring sex offenders from living within 2000 feet of one had no effect on sex offender residence locations.

“This bill is going to put many of the residents of Mulga at ease now,” Dunn said. “I feel good about it. I was glad I was able to do this.”

Mulga Mayor Dennis McCrary said he was “tickled to the death” that the bill passed the Legislature and is hoping the governor signs it into law.

Sex offender laws are constantly changing, from state to state. If you have been accused of a serious crime or you are looking for help in the realm of sex crime law, call Massachusetts sex crimes attorneyJames Powderly today at 508-343-0676.

Sex offender verification operation successful

Posted on April 19th, 2010 No Comments

The North Carolina Guilford County Sheriff’s Department biannual Operation Sex Offender Verification was carried out this Sunday as police officers knocked on the doors of registered sex offenders to ensure that they resided where they’d registered.

“It makes them realize that this is important and it’s not something they can just fluff off by not registering,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brian Lord.

Over 250 homes were visited by 50 deputies in Guilford County alone, with checks taking place throughout the state. A sex offender who fails to register with the Sheriff’s Department is under danger of arrest.

According to one registered sex offender, these checks are unnecessary. “Everytime I hear a car or a knock, I’m afraid someone is coming to get me or arrest me whether I’ve done anything or not,” he continued.

U.S. Marshal Lord says that while most sex offenders do keep in contact with the Sheriff’s Department, the checks are to let sex offenders know that law enforcement is serious about verification and registration.

The operation was a success and no warrants were issued.

If you have been accused of committing a serious crime or are seeking more information on sex crimes laws, contact Massachusetts sex crimes lawyer James Powderly today at 508-343-0676.

Current TX sex offender classifications misleading

Posted on April 12th, 2010 No Comments

Controversy has arisen over the way that Texas classifies its registered sex offenders. According to Adam Taylor Puckett, a sex offender officer with the Lubbock-Crosby County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, the sex offender risk classification does not measure how violent the offender is, and can lull neighbors into a false sense of safety.

A low-risk offender could be someone who committed a violent crime or molested multiple victims. Under the Static 99 form, which is used to determined risk level, a sex offender must answer 10 questions. These questions include whether the victim was  a stranger or family member and whether the offender had previous offenses, but not the age of the victim. The victim’s age is not a factor on the form.

A younger offender is automatically given a higher base risk rating, as they are statistically more likely than an older offender to commit another sex crime.

“We’re not sure what benefit this has to the public,” said Jennifer Mora, a sex offender supervisor with the Lubbock-Crosby County office. Sex offenders convicted before 2000,the year the risk-assessment system was put into place, are not classified at all.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, or need to discuss sex crime laws in Massachusetts, contact Massachusetts sex crimes attorneyJames Powderly today at 508-343-0676.

SORA Working Towards July 2010 SORNA Compliance

Posted on April 6th, 2010 No Comments

The Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board says it is working towards compliance with the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act implemented under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. The SORNA guidelines require more stringent sex offender registration. Noncompliance with the mandate will result in a loss of 10 percent of the state’s justice assistance grant funding. For the Massachusetts 2009 fiscal year, this totaled $9.9 million.

Currently, Ohio is the only state to have fully complied with the SORNA, which would create a national register for sex offenders as well as establish a minimum set of standards for registration. The original deadline for states to comply without suffering funding cuts was July 2009, but it has now been extended to July 27, 2010.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, or need to discuss sex crime laws in Massachusetts, contact Massachusetts sex crimes attorney James Powderly today at 508-343-0676.

What are the legal punishments for lewd behavior convictions?

Posted on April 2nd, 2010 No Comments

While many people have varying definitions of lewd behavior, Massachusetts law considers lewd behavior to involve exposing certain body parts intentionally to people who might be offended by the act. These body parts include genitals, buttocks, or female breasts.

Individuals convicted  of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior can be punished by imprisonment for up to 3 years in state prison. They can also be fined up to $300.00.

If you have been charged with an offense related to lewd conduct, contact the Massachusetts sex crime lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676.

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