The Orange County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a new County Ordinance that they say is designed to further protect children from registered sex offenders. The Ordinance was developed and proposed by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Supervisor Shawn Nelson (Fourth District) and makes it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to enter County recreational areas where children regularly gather without permission from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD). The Ordinance will take effect Thursday, May 5, 2011, and be enforced in County parks, beaches, and harbors by OCSD.
While any new law that “gets tough” on sex offenders, such as this one, will likely always garner popular support, enforcement of this ordinance would seem to be practically impossible. The O.C. Board of Supervisors has been absolutely silent as to how they intend for this new “get tough” law to be enforced and for good reason. Do they intend to have police officers screening the entrances to every public beach and park asking each individual who passes whether they are a registered sex offender? The concept of practically enforcing this new law is absolutely ridiculous. While it may help members of the O.C Board get re-elected it is unlikely to have any impact beyond that. Despite clear problems law enforcement will have in actually enforcing this law it does demonstrate that new laws designed to inhibit the freedom and movement of sex offenders will continue to become law and sex offenders are quickly running out of places they can legally go in California.
If you or a loved one is a registered sex offender, it is important that you contact an experienced sex crimes attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in handling all types of sex crimes. Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable in sex crimes law. We will aggressively fight to defend your rights and get you the best possible result in your case. Call us today at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.