Under both state and federal laws, individuals who are convicted of certain sex-related crimes are required to register as sex offenders. This label can have a devastating impact on one’s life. Because the sex offender database is publicly available, those registered often face harassment by neighbors urging them to move, find difficulty getting or keeping jobs, and may be denied housing. Depending on the nature of the underlying offense, some are required to maintain their registration for the rest of their lives. Failing to register one’s address and keep the information updated can result in additional criminal charges. The ongoing obligations can seem onerous and invasive and may prevent a person from moving on with their life. Under certain circumstances, however, it may be possible to seek an early termination of one’s obligations to register as a sex offender in Texas. Joey Tellez is a Laredo criminal defense attorney who handles sex offender deregistration. If you believe you may be eligible to deregister, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Lawyer helping Laredo residents deregister as sex offenders
Deregistration as a sex offender in Texas is a multi-step, and sometimes complicated, process. The initial step is to determine one’s eligibility, which is based on several factors. First, one must identify the underlying offense which led to the registration requirement. Only those with one reportable, non-aggravated offense may request deregistration. Additionally, the process is available to those charged with a Texas crime. In other words, if an individual is required to register as a result of an out-of-state or federal conviction, they may not apply in Texas. Second, the registration period to which the person was sentenced must be longer under Texas law than what would have been required under federal law for the same offense. After determining eligibility, Texas law requires individuals to undergo an assessment, which is conducted by a Licensed Deregistration Specialist. The purpose of the evaluation is to ascertain whether the individual continues to pose a risk to society of committing another sex crime. The defendant must then file a Motion to Deregister with the court that presided over the original crime. The motion will include the assessor’s report along with all other relevant information in support of early termination of the registration requirement.
The benefits, both legal and practical, of terminating one’s obligation to register as a sex offender are undeniable. Successful applicants will no longer risk violating the requirements and have the opportunity to rebuild their lives with a renewed level of privacy. Eligible individuals are strongly encouraged to pursue deregistration. It is important to note, however, that not every application is approved. The judge hearing the case retains complete discretion over the final decision. For this reason, it is important to submit as much supporting evidence as possible to the court in one’s favor. Evidence of positive contributions to society, such as volunteerism, education, etc. may help demonstrate that the individual has changed their life and poses little risk to the community in the future. Experienced counsel can help you navigate the deregistration process. Your lawyer will conduct an initial review of your case to determine eligibility and prepare the necessary application paperwork on your behalf. They will understand the assessment process and prepare you for what to expect. In addition, they will prepare the Motion to Deregister and assist you in submitting as much evidence as possible to the judge in support of your case. Particularly in deregistration cases where the judge is given complete discretion, your attorney must be able to clearly and persuasively communicate your case to the judge
Joey Tellez is a Laredo lawyer who helps individuals seek early termination of their sex offender registration requirements. After his initial consultation, Joey will quickly determine whether you are eligible for deregistration. He will prepare the application along with all supporting legal documentation on your behalf. He will use his experience representing individuals in the Texas criminal justice system to seek a positive result in your case. Our office is ready to assist you.
Laredo attorney providing high-level customer service to residents seeking early sex offender deregistration
Joey understands that legal proceedings can be intimidating for his clients. He strives to explain each step of the process to his clients to give them the peace of mind they deserve. He is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service and to keeping his clients informed throughout the case. Joey promptly responds to phone calls and emails to answer any concerns his clients may have. Contact our Laredo office today to speak with a lawyer. In addition to Laredo, we serve customers in other areas of South Texas.