Individuals accused of sex crimes should take the allegations seriously. These types of allegations can have a lifetime effect. Sex crime convictions can lead to disruptions in daily life indefinitely because convicted sex offenders have to register as sex offenders. Accusations do not necessarily lead to convictions. However, innocent or exonerated individuals might find that there will be individuals who will wonder whether the allegations were true. Some accused individuals might be treated indifferently before their cases ever make it to court.