Law Offices of Christie A. Leary P.C.

Fairfax • Manassas

Phone 703-359-7111
Toll Free 800-823-1127
Print Page

Fairfax/Manassas Criminal & Personal Injury Blog

Today is Halloween across the United States which means that trick or treaters will soon be out in force in cities all over the country, including here in Virginia. But while this is an exciting time for parents and children, it may be less exciting for people who are registered sex offenders.

That's because people who are on Virginia's Sex Offender Registry have a number of laws they must abide by during the Halloween season. If they violate any one of these laws, they could find themselves facing criminal charges that could lead to serious litigation. It's because of this that some of our readers might be asking the question we are posing in this week's blog post title:

Can Virginia sex offenders participate in Halloween activities?

The answer to this question depends on one major thing: whether you are on supervision or not. As you may not know, after a convicted sex offender has served their sentence and has been released back into society, they may be placed on probation. The terms of their release may include restrictions that can affect Halloween activities such as prohibiting the convicted offender from handing out candy to trick or treaters.

Sex offenders who are on probation should be aware of the terms of their release and whether they will face restrictions tonight. Accidentally violating the terms of probation can be a costly mistake and one none of our readers would want to make.

Under state law though, if a sex offender is not under supervision they may partake in Halloween activities, including handing out candy to trick or treaters.

Because Halloween can be a sensitive time of year for both parents and sex offenders alike, it's important for all Virginia residents to be aware of our state's laws and to be aware of the rights of others. For sex offenders especially, this may require assistance from a skilled criminal defense attorney who can remind an offender about their rights and the laws they must adhere to on this holiday.

Source: The Virginia State Police, "Virginia Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry (SOR) Halloween Safety," Accessed Oct. 31, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

email the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

View our Blog

  • Stress, anxiety, frustration, confusion, fear, pain and injury are all emotions which can play havoc on an individual following a motor vehicle accident. Few individuals have the training...
  • In your vehicle, check to ensure that you keep the following in your glove compartment: (1) Vehicle registration (2) Insurance information (3) Small notepad (4) Pen (5) Disposable Camera...
  • First, assess whether you or anyone else involved in the incident requires medical attention. Call 911 immediately if any one requires medical attention. Your health and safety and the safety of others involved in the accident is paramount.
  • In the aftermath of an accident, you will feel as if you have entered into your own personal 4 ring circus.

Read More

Review Us
Law Offices of Christie A. Leary P.C.

Fairfax Office
10505 Judicial Drive, Suite 203
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Fairfax Office Map

Manassas Office
9300 W. Courthouse Rd., Ste 204
Manassas, VA 20110
Manassas Office Map

Attorney AT LAW

LOCAL: 703-359-7111
TOLL FREE: 800-823-1127
FAX: 703-543-5478

Visa | Master Card | American Express | Discover