Governor Rick Perry announced this week that he is proposing tighter restrictions on sex offenders. No matter how the system seems to lighten up on criminal offenses overtime, sex offenses are not likely to be included.
As reported in the Texas Tribune, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’ death penalty law for multiple time sex offenders but that definitely won’t deter the state from punishing such offenders with the harshest penalties possible.
Among those new restrictions being suggested by the Governor is the electronic monitoring of sex offenders considered “high risk”. This monitoring typically works by tracking where the offender is at any given time with GPS positioning.
While the monitoring doesn’t necessarily prevent someone from reoffending, it is a constant reminder to the sex offender that they are being “watched”. Also, should any questions arise of where a particular sex offender was at a particular time, the GPS device can be consulted. This tracking device would likely be used for probationers and parolees who are deemed at risk to reoffend.
Also, the governor wants other states to join in “reciprocal agreements” regarding sex offender registration. The belief is that agreements across state lines would help ensure sex offenders weren’t moving from state to state in order to skirt registration requirements.
Lastly, the Governor proposes that prosecutors be able to pursue life without parole for repeat offenders. While this is currently the case for child predators, he would like to see it a possibility for those who sexually victimize adults as well.
“These steps will help ensure that sexual predators pay the price for their crimes and do not have the freedom to destroy lives again” said Perry.
Sex offenses, whether perpetrated on children or adults, are largely seen as the most horrific crimes. The general public has a fear of these offenses and so that fear is projected on anyone suspected of possibly having committed such an offense. Law enforcement and lawmakers embrace this fear and enact laws to make the people feel safer, whether or not the fear is legitimate.
From the moment you are arrested for a sex offense, you are treated as if you have already been found guilty. This can make it difficult for you, as a defendant, to feel as if you will get a fair shake under the law.
A defense attorney can help ensure your rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process. If you are facing charges of a sexual nature in Texas, contact our offices today. Whether it’s a charge of solicitation or sexual assault, there’s a good chance we can help.