Utah residents may be aware that those convicted of sex offenses or certain other violent crimes may have their names and other information included in an online registry that can be viewed by the public. However, a recent bill was passed by the Utah Legislature that will create an online registry containing the names, pictures and other information about those who have been convicted of felonious white-collar crimes. Such crimes may include mortgage fraud and inside trading. This white-collar crime registry is the first one of its kind in the nation.
While some lawmakers believe such registries are necessary to address the seriousness of financial crimes and create a deterrent, others believe that having a registry of those convicted of white-collar crimes is overkill. In addition, those opposed to the legislation fear that such registries will impose an additional punishment against the individual, whether such punishment is warranted or not.
While it remains to be seen whether the idea of a white-collar crime offender registry will gain steam across the country, the fact that the Utah Legislature passed a law creating one is significant. If the public can search online for information on those who committed a white-collar crime, it may significantly affect that individual’s life including his or her job opportunities.
No one should have to suffer penalties that are not proportional to the crime of which they are being accused. Having your information on a white-collar crime registry may seem to be an unfair penalty to some. If you are accused of a white-collar crime in Utah, you may want to do what it takes to establish a strong defense, perhaps with the help of a Utah criminal defense attorney.
Source: The New York Times, “Utah Passes White-Collar Felon Registry,” Ben Protess, March 11, 2015