In 2006, Jessica’s Law went into effect in California preventing all registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools or parks where children congregate. Since then, Orange County cities including Fullerton, Cypress and Seal Beach have passed ordinances that increase these types of restrictions. In Cypress, city ordinances prevent registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of private schools and day care centers. It also prevents sex offenders from answering the door for trick-or-treaters on Halloween or from living in a single residence with another sex offender who is not a spouse or related by blood.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, there are two lawsuits that have currently been filed against the city of Cypress because of these residency restrictions. A man who could legally return to his own home because of the new restrictions was the first to file a lawsuit against the city. He has been forced to either violate his parole condition and risk returning to prison or become homeless. A man who is not allowed to live with his fiancé because he was convicted of a sex offense in 1987 filed the second lawsuit.
It is unclear if these lawsuits will be successful, but they do point out how difficult it can be to live in Orange County as a registered sex offender. Even years after serving time, registered sex offenders will have where they live and work restricted. Wherever they move will have to be approved by law enforcement and their new neighbors will be notified of their address and past criminal record. These types of consequences make it challenging for convicted sex offenders to reintegrate into society.
The experienced Orange County criminal defense attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have a long history of fighting sex crime charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with committing a sex crime in Orange County, please do not hesitate to call our offices at (866) 430-8383. We will review at absolutely no cost.