Anyone labeled a sex offender by the court must take certain steps to make themselves known to society, most notably, by registering with the sex offender list nearest them. In Massachusetts, nearly anyone convicted of a sex crime must register with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB). Sex offender registries are designed to allow the public access to information that could help prevent them from harm, however, if your name is on this list, it could have a major impact on your personal life, employability, ability to rent a home, and much more.
If your name has been added to the registry, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to remove yourself and make your past convictions private.
Filing a Written Motion
You may be able to avoid registering with the board as a sex offender if your attorney files a written motion with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board to legally terminate your obligation. Otherwise, most individuals convicted of sexual crimes are required to register at least two days before they are released. Without an exception to this rule, those who do not register when required to do so may face severe legal consequences.
When Can My Name Be Removed?
Depending on the sexual crime you were convicted of, it may be required that your name remain on the registry for 10 years, 20 years, or for the duration of your lifetime. For very serious sexual offenses, especially those involving children, most convicted individuals will be required to keep their names on the registry for life. However, more minor sexual offenses might only require a 20-year registry, with the option to petition for removal after 10 years. However, if the offender is convicted of any other crimes during that period, it can significantly decrease their chances of removal from the registry.
What’s On the Sex Offender Registry?
Depending on where you live and where you’re listed, you may need to include several personal details on the registry.
Most registries will include the following:
The offender’s legal name & any nicknames
A recent picture
A list of any physical markers, like scars or tattoos
A physical description of the offender, including eye color, hair color, height, weight, etc.
The sexual offenses the individual was convicted of
The offender’s current address
The punishments the individual received
If you are currently listed as a registered sex offender, or if you are facing charges for a sexual offense that could result in mandatory registration, you need to take legal action to protect your rights. Our firm can work with you to gather evidence to support your case and clear your name. We know what’s at stake, and we want to do our part to help you move forward with your life.
Ready to get started? Contact Brad Bailey Law today to talk to one of our lawyers.