Anyone who is a registered sex offender knows the negative impact it has on your life. Most sex offenders are shunned by society, have problems finding employment or housing, and face other tough issues. Whether you’ve been required to register for 15 years or a lifetime, any time at all spend on the Sex Offender Registry, or SORA, is too much time. Is there a way to get off the list? Perhaps. We’ve included what you need to know below.
First of all, who’s eligible to petition for removal from SORA?
There are basically four scenarios in which someone who has been convicted and is currently on the sex offender registry can petition for removal from SORA through the trial court.
Romeo & Juliet (consent cases)
Juvenile offenders (determination)
SORA registrants convicted of crimes that no longer require registration
Tier I and Tier III offenders no longer considered a threat to public safety
It is important to note that when filing a petition to have your name removed from SORA, you get only one opportunity to get it right. For this reason, it’s recommended you consult a qualified attorney.