Halloween is coming up soon. While that might bring a smile to many Tennessee residents, the holiday means new restrictions for sex offenders. Tennessee is one of the states that passed "No Candy" laws that forbid sex offenders from passing out candy on this festive night. Other restrictions might apply for some sex offenders, so learning the expectations and regulations is vital for any sex offender in Tennessee.
The No Candy laws are said to help protect children while they scurry from house to house on a night when seeing people in scary costumes isn't uncommon. Opponents of these laws note that some sex offenders have completed their penalties and are now being subjected to this new penalty. Other opponents say that these laws place an unfair fear in people about sex offenders re-offending.
Whether a sex offender agrees with the Halloween restrictions, it is vital that they learn what the restrictions are in their area and follow them. Sex offenders who aren't in compliance with the regulations might find themselves facing new criminal charges for violating the laws, even though a study from 2009 noted that children aren't any more likely to fall victim to sexual predators on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
If you are facing criminal charges for violating No Candy laws or for any other sex-related criminal charges, you need to explore your options for defending yourself. In some cases, calling other similar cases into account might help you to establish your defense. Learning about those precedents is a good starting point.
Source: FindLaw, "Halloween Sex Offender Laws," accessed Oct. 15, 2015