This is the next post in a series of articles discussing deregistration as a sex offender in Laredo, Texas. My previous article explained the process of seeking to deregister. In Texas, deregistration involves multiple steps starting with submitting an application and undergoing an assessment by a licensed specialist. Ultimately, the judge has complete discretion regarding whether to grant one’s request to deregister. It is, therefore, imperative to present as much evidence as possible to demonstrate that you no longer pose any threat to the safety of others. Given the benefits of successfully deregistering, those eligible are encouraged to apply. In this post, I will explain why it is crucial to retain an attorney who is experienced in such matters to assist with one’s deregistration request. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
The benefits of ending one’s obligations to register as a sex offender can be life-changing. Registration requirements can feel like a never-ending punishment even after an offender has fulfilled their criminal sentence. Reporting one’s address every time one moves, attending mandatory counseling, checking in with state officials, etc. can be intrusive. An offender’s failure to comply, even if inadvertent, can lead to additional serious criminal charges. Those who successfully deregister can regain their right to privacy, freedom to move without reporting their location, and put an end to harassment by neighbors. In short, deregistration can allow the individual and their families to begin to move on with their lives. With so much at stake, eligible registrants are strongly encouraged to consult with experienced defense counsel to help them navigate the process. Doing so can help ensure that you present an effective case for deregistration.
Your lawyer will play an important role throughout the deregistration process. First, they will review your case history and undertake the complicated evaluation of whether you are eligible to terminate your registration obligations. Once eligibility is established, your attorney will begin gathering the required information for your initial application. Locating and reporting the requisite information can be challenging and knowledgeable counsel will understand how to navigate this step on your behalf. Next, prior to your deregistration assessment, your attorney will help you prepare for your evaluation. It is imperative to take this step seriously in light of the weight given to the specialist’s findings. Finally, the decision to grant or deny a deregistration request is solely in the judge’s discretion. A lawyer who handles deregistration cases will submit as much evidence as possible in support of your Motion to Deregister and clearly explain the information to the court. Deregistration requests are relatively infrequent and trial court judges may not be familiar with the process or the applicable laws. Your lawyer’s ability to effectively communicate the relevant information about Texas laws and your circumstances to the judge can make the difference between the approval or denial of your request.
I understand that sex offender registration is a sensitive issue. I treat my clients with respect and professionalism. If you are required to register as a sex offender in Texas and are considering the deregistration process, contact my Laredo office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer. My office also serves clients in other areas of south Texas.