In Georgia, certain sex offenders are able to petition the court in order to remove their names from the Georgia Sex Offender Registry, allowing “low-risk” offenders the ability to reclaim their freedom and move forward with their lives.
The Bullard Firm helps individuals convicted of sex offenses remove their names from the Georgia sex offender registry. Depending on the specific facts of your case, we can do the same for you. Contact our law firm today to discuss your case.
Individuals who have been convicted of a dangerous sexual offense or an offense that involves a minor must register as a sex offender under Georgia Law. Offenses include, but are not limited to:
Individuals residing in Georgia who have been convicted of related sex offenses in other states must also register as sex offenders. Similarly, those who have federal convictions or military convictions are subject to the same rules that govern Georgia sex offenses as long as they live in Georgia or work for a certain number of days in the state each year. There may be exceptions, as is the case with some misdemeanor charges.
In addition to registering on the Georgia Sex Offender Registry, offenders are also required to register their name with the sheriff’s office to that their personal information and criminal record are included on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s website.
Inclusion on a sex offender registry can have a major impact on your freedom. Not only can employment opportunities be limited, but you will also be precluded from working and/or living near schools, churches, daycares, and other places where minors may be present.
While Georgia provides a way for sex offenders to remove their name from the state’s sex offender registry, not every sex offender is eligible. Several requirements must be met first. For example, an offender must have completed the term of their prison sentence and met all of the conditions for parole, probation, and supervision. Only after an individual’s sentence is complete and (1) ten years have passed or (2) the individual has been designated as a low risk offender by the Sex Offender Registration and Review Board can they seek registry removal.
There are additional criteria for removal as well that determine an offender’s eligibility for removal. For example, the offender must be able to show that:
Even if all of these requirements are met, offenders on the sex registry must still petition the court for removal.
Every case is different. Should you believe that your situation meets all of the requirements and criteria detailed above, there may be a chance that you are ineligible for registry removal.
To remove yourself from the Georgia Sex Offender Registry, you will need to file a petition for release in the Superior Court in the county where you were convicted or where you live. In addition, your petition must also be provided to the district attorney and sheriff of that same county.
You will also need a risk assessment classification from SORRB. Unless your case was recent, you may not have been classified. Should that be the case, the court will order SORRB to conduct a risk assessment to classify your risk level. This process can take up to 90 days. If you receive a classification of Level 1, then your case will proceed to a hearing where a judge will determine whether it is appropriate to remove you from the sex offender registry. If you receive a classification that is higher, you can appeal the decision.
At The Bullard Firm, we know that you are more than your worst day. We have helped many individuals convicted of sex crimes seek registry removal in Georgia. If you believe that you are eligible for sex offender registry removal in Georgia, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation with an an attorney.