While the sex offender registry in Georgia can help protect potential victims of crimes, there are people on the registry who do not need to be there. In 2010, the state of Georgia passed a law that makes some offenders eligible for sex offender registry removal.
As a complicated legal matter, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can help. The Frye Law Group, has experience removing low-risk offenders from the registry so that they can rebuild their reputation and reclaim their freedom.
Who must register as a sex offender in Georgia?
In the State of Georgia, those who have been convicted of sexual crimes involving a minor or those who have been convicted of a dangerous sexual offense must register.
These crimes include:
- Child molestation
- Sexual exploitation of a child
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Statutory rape
- Enticing a child or minor
- Possessing or manufacturing child pornography
- Aggravated Sodimy
How can someone be removed from the sex offender registry in Georgia?
Removal from the sex offender registry requires petitioning the courts. If a person meets the criteria for removal, he or she must have a hearing in the Superior Court of the county he or she was convicted in or currently resides in.
It is wise to consult with a professional, as criminal defense lawyers knows the ins and outs of filing court paperwork, presenting evidence to a judge, and the procedures necessary to prove one’s case.
Who is eligible for removal?
There are some criteria one must meet to be considered eligible for sex offender registry removal.
First, the party must have completed all sentencing in prison along with probation or parole.
They must also be deemed low-risk by the Sex Offender Registration and Review Board.
Those who eligible for removal need to meet the following criteria:
- No prior convictions for sex crimes, including crimes against minors.
- A deadly weapon wasn’t used to commit harm during a sexual offense.
- The victim was not transported from one place to another during the offense.
- The victim wasn’t physically restrained during the offense.
- Serious physical harm wasn’t caused during the offense.
- There is no evidence of similar offenses, including offenses that didn’t result in a conviction.
Why should I consult with a criminal defense attorney?
A criminal defense attorney experienced with sex offender registry removal can help ensure that you meet all the necessary criteria before your hearing. Low risk offenders who have paid for their crimes have rights to rebuild their lives and their reputations.
A lawyer will present your case to the judge in a way that demonstrates your eligibility for removal. Your attorney is your advocate and their knowledge and expertise can help determine fairer outcomes.
The Frye Law Group, LLC is experienced with providing aggressive criminal defense to clients in and around Marietta, Georgia. Our firm serves clients charged with crimes such as DUIs, drug possession, assault, and sexual offenses.
We work tirelessly to fight for your freedom and equitable outcomes in court. If you would like to consult with one of our attorneys, call our practice at (770) 919-9525.