Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween 2014: Do’s and Don’ts for Virginia’s Registered Sex Offenders

Friday is Halloween….Do you know what you or your loved one who happens to be a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) can or can not do on October 31st  in Virginia? 

In Virginia there is no law prohibiting RSO’s from participating in Halloween activities.

RSO’s (and their family members or room-mates) can:
  1. Have their front door light on
  2. Decorate their home/yard
  3. Wear a costume
  4. Accompany their own children trick-or-treating
  5. Answer their door and hand out candy

BUT, if the RSO is under Virginia’s Department of Correction Probation Supervision then there MAY be restrictions specific to THAT RSO that they MUST follow or face a probation violation (a felony).  

Each VA-DOC Probation District handles Halloween differently and they are obligated to advise the RSO ahead of time of their restrictions or requirement to attend a Probation meeting. Your Probation officer could also stop by your home to confirm you have followed the rules your District advised you of before October 31st. 

Just because your local news station may run a story telling viewers Sex Offenders are prohibited from celebrating Halloween in Virginia doesn’t mean it’s true!