The Rules To Follow For A Registered Sex Offender In Alabama

Interviewer: Once someone becomes a sex offender, what are some of the typical rules that they have to follow? What are some of the things that they have to abide by?

Zach Peagler: Any time if they change jobs or change residences, they have to notify the sheriff’s department of their change of employment, and they have to basically clear their address that they want to live at with the sheriff’s department. Because there’s regulations about distances from schools and other types of businesses that a sex offender cannot live within a certain amount of feet or miles from certain locations.

A Defendant Must Strategize Prior to Giving Statements to the Police

Interviewer: Does it help a client if, let’s say, while they’re being investigated, they receive a call from a police officer or a detective, if they give them information, or they talk to them, would that help a client? Would the court look more favorably on that client?

Zach Peagler: That’s a strategy that you need to think through before you make a statement, because it could benefit you if you are a hundred percent sure that you want to plead guilty to this charge; that you are guilty, that you want to plead guilty and you want to get it over with. Because if you make a statement early on in an investigation, and then you change your mind later that it wasn’t the way that it appeared, or you want to defend yourself against the charges, you’re going to have a very difficult time defending yourself if you have already made an admission to the police.

It is Recommended to Have An Attorney Present When Making a Statement to the Police

If you’re a hundred percent innocent and you still want to appear to be cooperative, then you can go in and make a statement that you didn’t do anything. In that instance, I would still recommend that you have an attorney present for the interrogation or statement, because the police are going to do an aggressive job and a thorough job of getting you to talk.

The Police Will Typically Frame Any Statement Made By a Defendant to Seem Favorable to the Victim

A lot of times, framing it into the context that they view the situation that’s happening. They have a story from a victim and that’s the story that they’re going to go with. They’re going to frame any statement or interrogation by the defendant in the light most favorable to the victim in most cases. I still think it’s critical that you have an attorney present at any time you’re going to make a statement to the police.

A Former Sex Offender Has to Bear the Consequences of His / Her Crime Regardless of their Current Behavior

Interviewer: What if someone has been a sex offender for a very long time, and they feel like they’ve been doing a good job, abiding by the law, meeting their appointments and whatever is necessary, what if they had a spouse or someone they wanted to move in with him or her, and that spouse had a child, would that create any problem?

Zach Peagler: It could for sure. That’s something that they would have to deal with the sheriff’s department to try to get any special clearance to avoid any of the parameters of the law. In most cases, they’re going to be subject to a, “It is what it is,” standard. You committed the crime so you do the time so to speak. You’re going to be subject to that registration and notification law no matter what.

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