Being classified as a sex offender means having to comply with special laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are meant to help protect the public, but some people say that they actually place unnecessary restrictions on sex offenders. Some sex offenders in North Carolina will now have to comply with a new law that places some harsh restrictions on where they can go.
This new law is coming into the picture while an older law, which is the one that went into effect in 2009, is moving through the court system. It was found to be unconstitutional; however, the state is appealing that ruling. In the meantime, the new law provides conditions that are similar to that law.
The new law, which was recently passed and goes into effect in September, forbids sex offenders who are considered a danger to minors from going to places where children are likely to gather. This new law covers places like arcades, libraries, parks and similar locations. It also includes the State Fairgrounds during the fair.
There are a couple of important points to note regarding the new law. First, it is only applicable to sex offenders who have been identified as a threat to minors. Second, the places that are considered as forbidden are those where minors will congregate.
That broad statements in the law could make it difficult for sex offenders to know if they are in compliance with the law. Because of that, it is imperative for all sex offenders to work to understand what they can and can't do so that they can try to avoid facing prosecution for violation of the law.
Source: witn.com, "North Carolina bans sex offenders from spots children gather," July 21, 2016