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Increase in sex crime convictions and registrants

Tennessee residents who have wondered what may happen if they are accused of a sex crime have good reason to be concerned. A criminal charge can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s life. If convicted, a defendant may find it difficult to get a job or a place to live as the conviction will appear on any background check that is performed. In addition, the social stigma associated with criminal histories may impede positive social relationships and connectedness.

Definitions of rape and sexual battery in Tennessee

To many people in Tennessee, rape and sexual battery may be easily confused. However, the reality is that they are two distinctly different crimes. It is important for anyone who has been accused of either rape or sexual battery to know what each one is and how the state classifies each offense.

What is Tennessee’s sex offender registry program?

If you have been charged with a sex crime in Tennessee, you will no doubt have many questions about how the criminal defense process works. You will also likely want to know what consequences you may face if you are ultimately convicted of a sex crime. The specific penalties may vary from case to case but you may be required to register as a sex offender.

3 Teens facing a sexual assault charge after hazing of freshman

The practice of hazing in which a new member or freshman is initiated into a group or sports team often involves humiliation and harassment and, in some cases, even abuse. When a Tennessee high school basketball team played in a tournament in Gatlinburg in December, a hazing session apparently resulted in a sexual assault charge being filed. Three teenagers are accused of playing a part in that incident.

Long-term effects of mistaken identity

The Internet and social media are a mainstay for not just virtually hanging out with friends and family, but also more and more businesses are using it as a vetting process for job candidates. Unfortunately, for one Knoxville man, the cost of being falsely accused of a crime may follow him into what should be a bright future. The 25-year-old college senior will be graduating in December with a degree in engineering. His greatest fear, however, is that a case of mistaken identity and 15 hours in jail will cast doubt on any future employers’ interests in him; and he’s probably right.

A closer look at the structure of Tennessee's Sex Offender Registry - III

Over the past few weeks, our blog has been taking a closer look at the sobering reality that a conviction on sex crime charges will result in you having to register as a sex offender for a lengthy amount of time or perhaps even your entire life.

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