Living in Tennessee when you are a convicted sex offender means that you have to follow a specific set of laws that are meant only for sex offenders. These laws cover a variety of aspects of life, including special laws for driver's licenses, work release programs and professional options. Understanding these is vital for anyone who is classified as a sex offender in Tennessee.
How is my driver's license impacted if I'm a sex offender?
Tennessee law requires that a sex offender's driver's license must have a marking that alerts law enforcement that the person is a sex offender. This has to be added to the license when the sex offender goes in for a new license or when it is renewed.
Can a sex offender enter into a work release program?
Sex offenders aren't allowed to participate in any work release programs. This includes programs that allow a sex offender to work in the community while they are a prisoner. This includes programs like work crews, even if the crew is fully supervised.
How does being classified as a sex offender affect professional options?
In Tennessee, sex offenders aren't likely to be eligible to work in the medical field. If the sexual offense that resulted in a conviction was a violent offense, it becomes even more difficult. In many cases, working in the medical field is impossible for sex offenders.
Trying to uphold all of the conditions that are required of a sex offender in the state can be difficult. Whether you are facing sex-related charge or a charge for violating the requirements for sex offenders, you have the right to present a defense to maintain your innocence.
Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, "Sex Offender Registry Law," accessed Oct. 22, 2015