A criminal record can create difficult downstream consequences whether you (or your child) was arrested or convicted (or both). For example, employers and landlords commonly ask job applicants and apartment seekers whether they have ever been convicted of (or perhaps even arrested for) a criminal offense.
Not everyone on sex offender lists are rapists or child molesters. Many people on sex offender lists were convicted long ago of now-legal acts such as sodomy or oral sex. Now that sex offender databases are accessible to the public in the wake of Megan's Law, having your name in the database can have devastating consequences.Here's how to get your name off a list if the act you were convicted of is no longer illegal.