Public Park Ban on Sex Offenders Lifted

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on April 25, 2014 · 0 comments

in California Law, Orange County, Sexual Offenses

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Orange County criminal lawyerA decision made by the California Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of California law that made it illegal for sex offenders to frequent public parks.

The so-called “predator bans” in Orange County and many other California communities meant that sex offenders were not allowed in public spaces frequented by children, such as public parks and beaches. California law states that sex offenders can only be banned from parks if they have committed a crime there.

Four convicted sex offenders challenged the ban after being convicted of violating local laws. In their appeal, they stated that the bans were too vague, and that state law should override local statutes. After the challenge, many local communities began repealing the ban to avoid the cost of a court battle.

The ban began in 2010, when a sex offender inherited a home near a local park in Fullerton. It violated Jessica’s Law, which prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park, however Jessica’s law does not carry a penalty. So instead, the Fullerton ordinance called for a fine and jail time for sex offenders who violated Jessica’s law.

Jessica’s law also requires the use of GPS monitoring bracelets to keep track of sexual predators, although the usefulness of that technology has come into question after the killing of four women by two registered and monitored sex offenders while on parole.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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