Tennessee Sex Offender Registry
Sex Crime Defense Attorney in Chattanooga
Just a few years ago, the state of Tennessee passed the "Tennessee
Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification
and Tracking Act of 2004." The details of this act can be found in
T.C.A. § 40-39-201 et seq. Within this act, the Tennessee General
Assembly observed that it is a "compelling and necessary public interest
that the public have information concerning persons convicted of sexual
offenses…to allow members of the public to adequately protect themselves
and their children from these persons."
The act further states that "persons convicted of these sexual offenses
have a reduced expectation of privacy because of the public's interest
in public safety." The General Assembly concluded: "in balancing
the sexual offender's and violent sexual offender's due process
and other rights against the interests of public security, the general
assembly finds that releasing information about offenders under the circumstances
specified in this part will further the primary governmental interest
of protecting vulnerable populations from potential harm." Because
of this act, sex offenders must now register with local law enforcement
agencies or face serious consequences — including new the felony
charge of "failure to register."
While these laws are in place to protect the public, can law enforcement
and legislative bodies go too far? For example, on July 1, 2006, Georgia
House Bill 1059 was passed preventing sex offenders from living within
1000 feet of a school bus stop. This law effectively banned sex offenders
from living essentially anywhere within Georgia. Fortunately, the provision
was never enforced because school bus routes were constantly changing
and a Federal Judge enjoined its enforcement. In 2010, Georgia passed
a new law. What happens if a park or daycare opens nearby to where you
live, or a law prevents you from taking part in church activities, or
if you are homeless and have no fixed address?
These are questions that our criminal defense lawyers at Davis & Hoss,
PC take very seriously.
For stalwart defense with 25 years of experience, call Davis & Hoss, PC
Chattanooga criminal defense attorney from Davis & Hoss, PC can address significant constitutional questions
for the ever-evolving world of sex offender registries. With more than
25 years of experience and a track record that includes nearly 200 cases
tried in locations around the country, our Chattanooga sex crime defense
lawyers have what it takes to defend you effectively.
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