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Removal from the sex offender registry; there is hope

Those convicted of a sex offense and living under the watchful eye of authorities via the Sex Offender Registry know all too well the repercussions that stem from being on this list. The social stigma and hurdles involved with procuring a job and housing are commonplace.

But there is hope; certain situations qualify an individual from removal from the Sex Offender Registry.

Knowing a little more about eligibility requirements and the process can be a blessing for many people who have paid their dues and become productive members of society.

Eligibility requirements

Individuals who have been on the registry for at least 10 years (in certain cases) are eligible to apply for removal. The law allows requests only once a year. If denied, individuals cannot reapply until 12 months after the previous application has passed.

Aside from the timeframe prerequisites, the process is also highly technical and extremely complicated. One small misstep forces another 12 months before reapplication.

Because of this, it's vital to get legal support to assist with the process.

The job of an attorney

An attorney with knowledge in handling such areas can help file the petition and make sure proper procedures are followed. The attorney can also help procure testimonial letters from family and psychologists prove the individual is not a threat to society and show evidence of good conduct and law abiding behavior by the applicant.

At the end of the day, it's up to the judge to determine whether removal will be granted.

In some cases, the District Attorney will make a recommendation that is heavily weighed by the court.

To learn more, offenders or their family members are encouraged to speak with an attorney right away.

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