If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you are likely on the sex offender registry. Being on a Sex Offender Registry creates a social stigma that is embarrassing and very difficult to live with. This may have affected your relationship with family, friends, neighbors and your employer. There may be hope in changing this situation. In some instances, you may qualify for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry.
Over 25 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
is certified as a Specialist in State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National College for DUI Defense, and he has over 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system. He personally manages every case at our firm, seeing that each client receives skilled and knowledgeable representation.
(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)
Contact our Charlotte sex crimes lawyer for a consultation. Call our Charlotte law office at 704-376-9376 or e-mail us.
Getting Removed From the Sex Offender Registry (NCGS 14-208)
If you are on the Sex Offender Registry, it is a thirty year "Scarlet letter" on your back. You can ask to be removed from the Registry after ten years, but you only get one chance every year. If you are denied, you must then wait ONE year after the denial by the judge (not one year from your initial request).
Since there will invariably be a lag between your request and the denial, the effective waiting period to re-apply will essentially be far more than one year. So it is important to get it done right the first time.
Petitioning Process for Removal
Removing your name from the Sex Offender Registry is a complicated and highly technical process. That is why you need someone knowledgeable about the process, who can represent you and follow the proper procedures. Attorney Connelly will file a Removal From the Sex Offender Registry Petition in Superior Court. He will work to prove good conduct with letters of reference and testimony on your behalf. He will advocate for your removal from the Registry in a hearing before a judge.
The ultimate decision is entirely up to the discretion of the judge in your case. Most judges require a psychological clearance. The judge MAY (but does not have to) grant the request if you show a good record, are not a threat to public safety and that you have met the statutory requirements. The District Attorney may oppose your application and their recommendation carries some weight. Attorney Connelly will work to gather all the documents to provide a solid argument that you are no longer a threat and may be removed from the Sex Offender Registry.
Sex Offender Registry
If the conviction is for an offense that occurred in this state, then the petition to be removed must be filed in the district where you were convicted.
However, if you were convicted in another state, you must file your petition in the district where you live and you also must notify the sheriff of the county of conviction.
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Call 704-376-9376 or e-mail us to schedule a consultation with our Charlotte sex crimes lawyer about petitioning to have your name removed from the Sex Offender Registry.
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