Tennessee Criminal Defense

Sex Offender Registration: How It Affects Your Life

According to federal law and laws in all 50 states, people who are convicted of certain sex crimes are required to register their address and other personal information with the National Sex Offender Registry. This public registry provides ordinary citizens with the ability to identify people living within their vicinity who have been convicted of sexual crimes. Violent sex offenders are required to register for life, while normal sexual offenders may request termination of registration 10 years after the completion of their sentence. Failure to register can result in a Class E felony offense and revocation of a person’s probation or parole.

In Tennessee, sex offender registration can result from any of the following offenses:

  • Sexual conduct with a minor
  • Violent sexual assault
  • Incest
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse of a child
  • Child molestation
  • Kidnapping
  • Repeat indecent exposure offenses

Sex offender registration can have a devastating effect on a person’s reputation and harshly limit a person’s ability to become a productive member of society. Being labeled as a sex offender can severely inhibit a person’s employment and housing prospects, as sex offenders are prohibited from working, residing, or loitering within certain exclusion zones – sometimes covering entire cities.

Sex offenders are forced to live the rest of their lives under intense scrutiny. Even after a person serves their sentence and pays their debt, this registration can forever hold a person back from ever truly starting fresh. The negative social stigma associated with registration can lead to loss of employment, extreme difficulty when searching for housing, and the destruction of a person’s personal relationships.


If you are accused of any type of sex crime, it is vital you retain the services of a Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney at Joshua T. Crain, Attorneys at Law as soon as possible to minimize your chances of conviction. Having defended countless clients against a wide variety of criminal charges, our firm can provide the results-driven representation you need during this difficult time.

Contact us online or call (615) 200-9409 to get started towards building your defense.