Lawyer for Sex Offenders in Houston
The level of restriction you experience after being convicted of a
sex crime will vary based on the nature of that crime and the context in which it
was committed. Currently, Texas laws allow punishment for sex offenders
to include internet restriction, which can mean being banned from certain
social media platforms or types of websites. Depending on the severity
of your sex crime offense, you could be entirely barred from using a computer
with an Internet connection.
Internet Restrictions Faced by Sex Offenders
Restriction of your Internet access and ability to use certain websites
or forms of social media may be made in efforts to limit your contact
with minors, in the same way convicted sex offenders are barred from entering
public spaces such as playgrounds and schools. However, penalties for
sex offenders involving Internet and social media restrictions can be
contested under the First Amendment.
In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a North Carolina law barring
sex offenders from using social media websites that may be used by children.
The nation’s highest court issued a statement that the North Carolina
law disallowing sex offenders from certain social networking websites
does “impermissibly [restrict] lawful speech in violation of the
First Amendment.” In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, many
have argued that such restrictions, both in North Carolina and in other
states like Texas where they are still very much at play, unnecessarily
isolate sex offenders by preventing their progress and reintegration into
society after serving their sentence.
What to Do About Your Internet Restrictions
If you have been convicted of a sex crime and are being severely restricted
in your online access and ability to use certain social media outlets,
now may be the time to contest those restrictions, especially if you feel
these restrictions unnecessarily or unfairly penalize you and prevent
you from reintegrating into society after post-conviction. Don’t
wait to call our experienced Houston sex crimes attorney at
The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC at (713) 489-2009 today, or
send us your information to receive a free, confidential evaluation.