There are consequences when a person is convicted of a crime. However, sex crimes offenders are often faced with restrictions that extend well beyond serving time in prison and probation. A group in California has recently challenged one restriction related to convicted sex offenders and Halloween.
An advocacy group called California Reform Sexual Offender Laws, along with a convicted sex offender, recently filed a lawsuit regarding a California program called “Operation Boo.” As part of it, sex offenders must comply with certain restrictions that state officials claim are in place to protect children. Specifically, the plaintiffs challenged a restriction requiring such offenders to place a sign on their door on Halloween indicating that they do not participate in Halloween. Advocates claim that such signs are unconstitutional and place people at risk by identifying them on a night known for mischief.
As a result of the lawsuit, the state agreed that the rule regarding placing a sign on the door would not be enforced this year. However, other restrictions required by Operation Boo were still in place. Convicted sex offenders are prohibited from answering their door to trick-or-treaters or decorating their house for the holiday.
Regulations such as those provided by Operation Boo demonstrate the extreme consequences that those convicted of sex crimes in California often face. For many, this illustrates the importance of fighting against such charges. For others, it may be motivation to plead guilty despite a lack of evidence indicating guilt in exchange for reduced charges. Because the stakes are so high, many people seek the guidance of an experienced defense attorney. By doing so, defendants are likely more aware of their options, allowing them to make informed decisions about their case.
Source: newschannel9.com, No Halloween Sign Required For Sex Offenders In California”, Oct. 27, 2015