A newly signed law may complicate conditional release for people convicted of sex crimes. Assembly Bill 255, which Governor Brown signed earlier this month, limits where sex offenders can go following release.
The bill requires judges to consider a person’s connection to an area when considering release for sexually violent predators. An offender’s lack of family or community ties would hinder a judge from approving a conditional release.
The bill essentially discourages courts from releasing offenders to counties other than the one the offender came from. The bill requires judges to find “extraordinary circumstances” before approving a release to a different county.
Rural counties complained that sex offenders from elsewhere are often “dumped” on them. By requiring offenders to return to their home counties, they hope to minimize repeat offenses.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney
The list of restrictions placed on convicted sex offenders keeps growing. This law essentially frustrates another “fresh start” avenue for those convicted of sex crimes. Attorney Robert Helfend takes sex crimes defense cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Mr. Helfend does not judge his clients based on what they’ve been convicted of. Instead, he fights aggressively for his clients rights in court and throughout the judicial process.
Sex crimes convictions aren’t like other convictions. Conviction for sexual offenses may lead to lifetime sex offender registration, GPS monitoring, limitations on employment and living arrangements. The right defense attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of your case. Don’t settle for an attorney who doesn’t want to defend you and your rights in court. Instead, work with an experienced defense attorney who will aggressively defend you.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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