This is the first post in a series which will discuss the benefits and process of deregistering as a sex offender in Austin, Texas. Those required to register as sex offenders under Texas law are more than familiar with the negative impact registration obligations can have on their lives. In addition to the personal stigma associated with registration, opportunities for employment and housing may also be limited or completely foreclosed because the information can be found on routine background checks. Registration obligations can last a lifetime and failure to comply, even if inadvertent, can result in additional serious criminal charges. Under certain circumstances, however, Texas registered sex offenders may seek early termination of their registration obligations. The goal of this series is to provide information which will help people understand the process of deregistration. If you are a registered sex offender and have questions about deregistration, contact my office to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics in this series, including:
- 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 are subject to registration requirements, it is imperative that you understand these topics for the following reasons. First, the benefits of deregistration cannot be overstated. In particular, those who wish to seek new employment or housing will benefit from the removal of the publicly available sex offender identification. Second, whether or not you are able to deregister will depend on the specifics of your circumstances. Understanding your eligibility can be complicated. An experienced attorney can assist you in determining whether deregistration is an option for you. Third, understanding the process for deregistration will help manage an applicant’s expectations. Finally, Texas judges have complete discretion in the ultimate decision regarding deregistration. It is important to understand that retaining an attorney familiar with the criminal law system can help you present your case effectively.
If you are eligible for deregistration, consider beginning the process as soon as possible to take advantage of the benefits available to you. If you need assistance with deregistration, contact my Austin office today to speak with a lawyer. In addition to Austin, I also serve the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.