Sex offender registries in every state impose residency restrictions prohibiting registered sex offenders from living in certain area. These typically include by schools, parks, bus stops and daycares. A federal Court in Colorado recently overturned a city’s residency restriction because it did not allow registered sex offenders to reintegrate into society, contrary to state law. Instead, the residency restrictions were forcing sex offenders to become homeless because there was no place for them to live.
In the state of Colorado, cities are allowed to impose “reasonable restraints” to restrict sex offenders from living in certain areas. The city of Englewood banned sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or playgrounds, or within 1,000 feet of day care centers, recreation centers and trails, swimming pools, bus stops and school routes. This left a number of sex offenders without a home, because the law was so restrictive. Because of these restrictions, the city of Denver complained that the city of Englewood was forcing more registered sex offenders into their city. This made Englewood’s restraints unreasonable in this case.
If you are a registered sex offender, it is critical you know the residency restrictions in the community you reside. The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith, PC have represented clients that have purchased homes and moved, only to find out they are in violation. Some states such as Florida are much stricter with respect to residency requirements. Registered sex offenders have to make sure they research where they live and/or where they intend to move.
Shannon Smith has represented numerous convicted sex offenders regarding post-conviction registry issues. At this time, her practice is focused on defending people accused of sex crimes, including all allegations of criminal sexual conduct. One of the firm’s major goals is to help clients avoid conviction and registration as sex offenders.