Getting Off The Sex Offender Registry In Washington
Few criminal convictions carry more stigma than sex offenses. Even after you’ve served your time, you may be required to register as a sex offender for 10 to 15 years, or even for life. But there is a way to be free – Petitioning the judge to release you from the duty to register.
At the law firm of Kurt Bennett - The Redemption Lawyer, we believe that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter how heinous society may consider the crime. Our law firm in Normandy Park is fully dedicated to redemption law – that is, helping people get out from under the weight of a criminal record. Led by an experienced redemption lawyer, we understand the intricacies of this area of law inside and out, including the requirements for sex offender registration removal.
How To Remove The Requirement For Sex Offender Registration
In Washington, the process and criteria for getting off the sex offender registry are controlled by statute. It’s a common misconception that this process is handled by the Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB). In fact, a judge makes these determinations. You will need to initiate the process by filing a petition with the superior court in the appropriate county.
Who Qualifies For Sex Offender Registration Removal?
As for criteria, it depends on the nature and the age of your conviction. Most offenses are eligible.
The most important thing you have to do is show that you’re sufficiently rehabilitated. In making that determination, the judge must consider factors such as:
- Do you have stable employment?
- Do you have stable housing?
- Do you have a support network of stable relationships?
Because you have the burden of proving that you’ve been rehabilitated, it’s important to put your strongest foot forward. You’ll need compelling evidence to clearly demonstrate that who you are now is not who you were then. The judge doesn’t know who you are or what your life is like; they only have your prior conviction. It’s up to you to show the judge how you’ve changed.
We can help you tell your story.
Get Help Lifting The Burden Of Sex Offender Registration
We can help you remove your sex offender registration requirements if you qualify, restoring your freedom and access to opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise have. Learn more by contacting us online or calling 206-792-3265. We offer free initial consultations.