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The stigma of having to register as a sex offender

When it comes to sex crimes in Colorado, the consequences can be quite severe and include extended periods of prison time and a lifetime of parole. In an earlier article, "Colorado's Harsh Penalties For Sex Crime Convictions," we took a look at just what the Colorado legislature has handed down in terms of minimum and maximum sentences. Reading this earlier article, some may have been surprised to learn that with many sex crimes, there are no maximum punishments and that someone could end up having to serve life in prison or life on parole. 

For those who are released from prison though, the consequences certainly do not stop once someone is freed from behind bars. Rather, new consequences will begin. 

In Colorado, many of those released from prison following a sex offense conviction will find themselves being forced to register as a sex offender. This person's name, date of birth, address, any known aliases and criminal history tied to the sex offenses will all be easily searchable by anyone who may be interested. 

For many, aside from the social stigma from friends and neighbors, being a registered sex offender will greatly impact their ability to find work and housing. 

The length of time one will be required to remain on the registry is also dependent on the type of offense one was convicted for. In some cases, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, people will never be eligible to discontinue their registration. In others, people may have to wait up to 20 years after release to petition the court. 

Given the serious nature of the consequences, it is vital that anyone facing sex crime-related charges reach out to a criminal defense attorney. 

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