This is the next post in a series of articles discussing deregistration as a sex offender in Austin, Texas. My previous article explained the process of seeking to deregister. The multi-step process begins with submitting an application and participating in an assessment by a licensed deregistration specialist. Ultimately, the decision about whether to grant one’s request to deregister lies with the trial court that issued the verdict for the underlying offense. While the process can seem intimidating, the benefits of successfully deregistering will likely outweigh the investment of time and effort. In this post, I will explain why it is particularly important to retain experienced defense counsel to assist with one’s deregistration request. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak to an Austin attorney.
The legal and practical benefits of ending one’s obligations to register as a sex offender can be life-changing. Many offenders are required to report each time they change their address and may be subject to ongoing mandatory counseling, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Failure to comply can lead to additional criminal charges. These conditions can seem onerous, intrusive, and may feel like an ongoing punishment even after a person has completed their criminal sentence. For those eligible to deregister, regaining one’s privacy, ending harassment by neighbors, and avoiding negative attention can benefit the individual and their families and allow them to move one with their lives. With so much at stake, it is imperative for eligible registrants to consult with experienced defense counsel to help them navigate the process and present an effective case for deregistration.
Your lawyer can assist you in each phase of the deregistration process. For instance, understanding one’s eligibility to request removal from the state’s registry can be complicated. At the outset, your attorney will review your case history and explain whether you qualify to seek deregistration. For eligible individuals, gathering the required information for your initial application may also be challenging. Counsel will understand how to locate and report this information on your behalf. Next, an experienced defense lawyer can explain the assessment process and help you prepare for your evaluation in advance. Given the importance of the specialist’s findings, it is imperative to take this step seriously and understand what to expect during the assessment. Finally, it is important to remember that the decision to grant or deny a deregistration request is solely at the judge’s discretion. Because deregistration requests are relatively infrequent, trial court judges may not be familiar with the process or the applicable laws. 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. Counsel should also be prepared to effectively communicate the relevant information about Texas laws and your circumstances to the judge.
I am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in criminal law and have been practicing since 1995. I handle Austin deregistration cases and I am ready to assist you. Contact my office today to schedule an appointment. In addition to Austin, I also serve clients in 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.