With Halloween coming this weekend convicted sex offenders in Tennessee are being singled out for heightened scrutiny by law enforcement authorities. A sex crimes conviction can seriously affect a person’s personal life and the Halloween season is no exception.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections has released restrictions for sex offenders for October 31. These restrictions include that the offenders must remain in their homes from 6pm to 6am, must not turn their porch lights on, must not open their doors for trick or treaters, cannot put up decorations, and cannot wear a costume or disguise. This is all part of Operation Blackout where law enforcement will be doing compliance checks on convicted sex offenders from Oct. 22 to Oct. 31.

When a person is convicted of a sex offense it can affect all areas of their life. They can be placed on the sex offender registry which allows everyone to know about their past. Personal and professional relationships can be ruined as well since sex offenders are generally not well-regarded members of society.

If a person is facing a sex crime charge they may want to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can help the defendant tell their side of the story and fight the charges against them. They know the stigma that is attached to a sex crime conviction and can aggressively work to rebut the charges in court. They can conduct an independent investigation into the allegations. It is important to protect oneself against these devastating charges.

Source: wgnsradio.com, “Sex offender in TN under TDOC supervision must follow strict guidelines now through Halloween“, Oct. 23, 2015