Sex Offender Registry Removal

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.

Who Must Register As A Sex Offender In Georgia?

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:

  • Child molestation
  • Statutory Rape
  • Child Pornography
  • Incest
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
  • Sexual Battery

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.

Who Is Able To Remove Their Name From The Georgia Sex Offender Registry?

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:

  • They do not have prior convictions for sex crimes or crimes against minors
  • They did not use a deadly weapon during the offense
  • They did not kidnap or transport the victim
  • They did not physically restrain the victim
  • They did not intentionally harm the victim physically
  • They have not been accused or convicted of similar offenses

Even if all of these requirements are met, offenders on the sex registry must still petition the court for removal. 

How Can I Remove My Name From The Georgia Sex Offender Registry?

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.

Get The Legal Help You Need

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. 

Sex Offender Registry Removal FAQ

What Factors Are Considered in the Removal Process?

The sex offender registry removal process considers several factors, including:

  • The nature of your offense: Less serious, non-violent offenses are more likely to qualify for removal. Violent or predatory crimes are less likely to be removed.
  • The duration since the offense occurred: At least 10 to 15 years of law-abiding behavior is required. The longer the duration, the better your chances of having your name removed from the sex offender registry.
  • Your rehabilitation and risk of re-offense: You will need to show evidence that you are unlikely to reoffend through completing sex offender treatment, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, holding down a steady job, and avoiding further legal trouble.
  • Your age at the time of the offense: If you committed the offense as a juvenile or young adult, you are more likely to have your name removed.
  • Supporting evidence: Letters of recommendation from employers, therapists, community leaders, and others who can vouch for your rehabilitation can help persuade the court.

Are there any Waiting Periods for Removal?

In Georgia, the waiting periods for sex offenders to petition for removal from the registry vary based on their risk levels as determined by the state's Sex Offender Registration Review Board.

  • Level-1 offenders, who pose a low risk of sexual reoffense, can petition for removal immediately after completing their jail term, parole, or probation. 
  • Level-2 offenders, considered a moderate threat to the community, must wait at least ten years before they can begin the petition process. 
  • Level-3 offenders do not have a specified waiting period. The removal process for these individuals is likely subject to additional restrictions and requirements, given the severity of their classification.

What Steps Can I Take to Improve My Chances of Removal?

Improving your chances of removal requires careful planning and proactive efforts. Here are some steps you can take to strengthen your case:

  • Seek Legal Representation: Consult a Georgia sex offender registry removal attorney. Your lawyer can assess your situation and provide personalized advice and representation.
  • Comply with Registration Requirements: Strictly adhere to all registration obligations, including providing accurate and up-to-date information. Demonstrating a consistent history of compliance shows your commitment to fulfilling your responsibilities.
  • Complete Court-Ordered Programs and Treatment: If you were ordered to attend counseling, therapy, or treatment programs, ensure you complete them successfully. Obtain documentation to demonstrate your active participation and progress toward rehabilitation.
  • Engage in Community Service: Volunteering and engaging in community service can demonstrate your willingness to give back and contribute positively to society. Active involvement in community activities can help strengthen your case for removal.
  • Obtain Character References: Seek character references from individuals who can attest to your positive changes, rehabilitation efforts, and overall character. These references can provide valuable support in showcasing your transformation.

Can I Appeal a Denial of Removal?

Yes, you can appeal a denial of your petition for removal from the sex offender registry. The appeals process allows you to contest the court's decision by presenting additional evidence and arguments to show you meet the criteria for removal.

The appeals process can be complicated, but with patience and persistence, you can present a solid case demonstrating why you should be removed from the sex offender registry. Your Georgia sex offender registry removal attorney will guide you through each step to maximize your chances of success.

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