Reply To: Sexual offense laws: What does the future hold?

misdemeanor offender

The best way to deal with the registry is to clog the courts with discrimination lawsuits. For example, any person moving from Arizona to North Carolina can do so freely, except sex offenders; even those removed from the registry. The process begins all over only for convicted sexual offenders. To me, this is an interstate compact violation because it requires citizenship requirements. One state may have residency restrictions such as living near a school while other states do not. The initial conditions of registry requirements changed once a SOR moves over a state border. It is confusing and the only law in the United States that infringes on legal freedoms.

Another issue that SOR’s should clog the legal system with is proving the state is not using relevant or any data at all while creating statute or public policy. Even if the case is dismissed, there will be a record for other cases. If a SOR prevails at any level, there is precedence for other SOR’s to eventually have the law removed or abolished.

Writing politicians are not the answer. First, they don’t have the overall support to overturn legislation in this hyped-hysteria culture. Second, SOR’s usually are not a voting force to make a difference. It is the courts that can overturn laws and public policy. Therefore, any SOR should seek an injunction, lawsuit, or filing to bring awareness. It is one of the few places remaining that is not off-limits to registered or convicted offenders.