This is the first post in a series discussing deregistration as a sex offender in Laredo, Texas. Texas, like other states and the federal government, requires people who have been convicted of certain sex-related offenses to register as sex offenders. The registry is designed to protect the public from the risks that may be posed by those registered. For individuals identified as sex offenders, the consequences can be devastating. In addition to the public stigma and harassment often associated with registration, one may be prevented from obtaining employment, housing, or other basic needs. Depending upon the underlying offense, registration obligations may last a lifetime. Noncompliance with the programs requirements, even if inadvertent, can result in additional serious criminal charges. Under Texas law it is possible, however, for registered sex offenders to terminate their registration obligations. Throughout this series, I will discuss the process and potential benefits of seeking deregistration. If you need assistance with such matters, contact my office today to schedule a consultation.
This series will focus on the following key topics:
- The benefits of deregistration
- Potential eligibility for deregistration
- The process for deregistration
- The importance of hiring an attorney to assist with the process
If you have been labeled a sex offender by the state of Texas, you may be eligible to seek relief through the deregistration process. Those considering applying should understand these topics for several reasons. First, those who are required to register as sex offenders are keenly aware of the negative implications registration can have on one’s life. Putting an end to one’s obligation to register will also put an end to many of the restrictions, public scrutiny, and other consequences associated with registration. Second, not everyone is eligible to seek deregistration as a sex offender. In fact, determining one’s eligibility can become complicated and depends on a variety of factors. An experienced attorney can help review your case and explain whether you may apply for deregistration. Third, the process to deregister involves multiple steps and can be lengthy. One should understand what to expect before initiating a deregistration proceeding. Lastly, it is important to know that Texas law gives judges ultimate discretion in whether to grant a deregistration request. It is important, therefore, to work with an attorney who understands the process and present an effective case on your behalf.
If you would like more information about the deregistration process, my office is ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with a Laredo lawyer. My office also serves clients in other areas of south Texas.