Hoping to Deregister as a Sex Offender?
For help, call Attorney Jack B. Carroll at 713-228-4607.
Each year in Texas thousands of individuals who were convicted of a sex crime are released from prison and, many of which, look forward to putting their troubles behind them and leading a productive life.
However, even after paying all fines, serving their prison time, and successfully completing any associated probationary requirements after paying their debt to society, many of these individuals still suffer a form of penalty for their offense.
The punishment they’re forced to endure is the requirement to register as a sex offender.
The Sex Offender Registration Program
The sex offender registration requirement comes with a plethora of detriments for the registrant that they shouldn’t have to deal with considering they’ve paid their debt to society.
Aside from having trouble finding a landlord who will allow a convicted sex offender to lease a domicile for residency and the starting of a new career, sometimes the innocent family members of convicted sex offenders are the target of threats and violence due to their affiliation and kinship. Thus, the state of Texas saw fit to add more flexibility to the law by relaxing some of the standards or altogether deregistering some offenders who meet the predetermined requirements.
Sex Offender Deregistration is a Reality
Unbeknownst to most, lawmakers in Austin passed legislation which opened the door for some sex offenders to rid themselves of the dreaded sex offender registration requirement. Although not all convicted sex offenders will be eligible for sex offender deregistration, some will qualify. Those approved will be able to lead more normal lives, free of most or all of the traditional restrictions and red-flags associated with convicted offenders.
Deregistration removes the sex offender flag from public registries, but not law enforcement’s. Also, it doesn’t allow the offender to have the criminal record sealed, engage in businesses involving children, nor does it eliminate records of the offender’s DNA profile from the FBI database. A person who is on parole for a sex crime can deregister, but it isn’t a replacement for parole as they must still complete the terms of their parole or probationary agreements. Also, the offender must pay all fees associated with the deregistration process and there’s no guarantee that a judge will give their approval, which is why it’s best to hire a lawyer that’s experienced with the sex offender deregistration process.
If you have any questions, contact Jack B. Carroll & Associates at 713-228-4607.
Who Can Deregister
Not every sex offender will qualify for deregistration, but many will. Deregistration is intended for low-risk offenders, or individuals with a small to non-existent chance of recidivism. The guidelines that the state follows to deregister offenders are strictly adhered to.
Only individuals that were convicted of a sex offense by the State of Texas can deregister in Texas with some rare exception for individuals convicted of a sex crime in other states. Individuals who were convicted in a federal court or military court marshal aren’t eligible to deregister under the Texas program.
Sex Offender Deregistration Risk Assessment
The sex offender deregistration risk assessment is a series of test instruments which are used by the State of Texas to qualify the applicant for deregistration by determining their risk level. The crime the defendant was convicted of (including deferred adjudication) will determine the three tests or assessments they must complete prior to being considered for deregistration. The tests currently being used for this process are;
- The Static 2002,
- Matrix 2000,
- The Revised Psychopath Checklist,
- And the Revised Level Service Inventory.
Individuals who are determined to be low-risk or medium-risk after their three assessments may be approved for deregistration. If an applicant scores as high-risk on any of the assessments, and even if they score as low-risk on the other required assessments, they won’t be eligible to deregister as a sex offender.
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Attorney Jack B. Carroll is a Board Certified® criminal-law attorney and founder of Jack B. Carroll & Associates; a criminal defense law firm based in Houston, TX.
Since 1990 we’ve represented numerous people accused of sex offenses and have helped many of those convicted to move on and live a normal life by way of the sex offender deregistration program.
If you’re looking for an experienced sex offender deregistration lawyer in Texas, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling 713-228-4607.
We’ll educate you on all the steps you’ll need to complete to be considered for deregistration, and the best things that you can do to help nudge your approval in the right direction.