My son just this month plead guilty to something he’s not guilty of. He’s gay, recently married, and a victim. Because he had no proof of who used his computer, he was advised to plead guilty and serve a few years of probation – with no requirement to register. At the final court date, he was told that the law changed and everyone had to register.
I feel he was lied to and betrayed through every step of the legal process. From the investigator who was “on his side”, and said he should plead guilty because he owned the home, the computer in question (and not to worry – he would probably just get a slap on the wrist for it). To the lawyer who was supposed to look out for his best interests, to the prosecutor who just needed a conviction, regardless of justice or fairness.
I always thought the registry was for actual child molesters and sexual predators. Little did I know that all kinds of people are thrown under the bus. Unfortunately, everyone goes under the assumption that if you are on the registry, you must be a monster.
There is no fairness in the legal system, legislators are over-zealous, and people think the worst of anyone on the sex offense registry.
I’ve gone from absolute rage, to simmering anger, to a feeling that something must be done to change the laws – all within a few days time.