Sex Offender Registry Relief in Bend
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If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime and have already paid the price, whether through serving your jail sentence or completion of your mandatory or voluntary sex offender treatment programs, you may feel ready to move on with the rest of your life. Unfortunately, being required to register as a sex offender can prevent you from starting a new chapter. Being a registered sex offender can bar you from countless opportunities and prevent you from growing or finding a job to support yourself. Fortunately, our sex offender registry relief attorneys in Bend can help you file a motion for relief if you’ve served your time. At Baxter Harder, LLC, our team is dedicated to helping our clients recover from their current circumstances through dedicated counsel and fierce advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom.
Allow us to lighten your burdens for you. Call our team for a consultation regarding your sex offender registration matters at (541) 238-9210, or contact us online. We’re knowledgeable on state laws and regulations in Oregon.
How the Sex Offender Registry Can Harm Your Future
No matter what the cause of your sex offense charge was, once you’re convicted, you’re branded simply as a sexual offender in your state, which comes with a wealth of consequences and labels that can negatively affect your future. The database began in 1996 under the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and is based on convictions of sexual offenses against minors, sexually violent acts, and predatory sexual actions.
The purpose of the sex offender list is to prevent offenders from causing harm to others, but evidence has shown that those on the registry can be harmed, too.
Being required to register as a sex offender:
- Restricts your ability to move and live in certain areas: Most states prohibit sex offenders from living within a certain distance of parks, schools, playgrounds, and daycare centers – places where children typically gather.
- Impacts your ability to obtain employment: States also limit the industries and places where a sex offender can work, including in schools, salons or spas, and stores with changing rooms, as well as in positions that give someone authority over others.
- Affects not just you, but your family: If you live with a spouse or children, their situations are impacted too by housing restrictions, as children may need to be bused farther away to their schools. People associated with you may also face prejudice and bias in their school or work environments.
- Can make you lose child custody: Your ex may use your sex offender registration as a reason to prevent you from having custody of your children under the pretense that you’re a danger to your child.
- Comes with prejudice and intolerance: When you’re convicted and registered, anyone is able to see your status as a sex offender, and family, friends, and former coworkers or bosses may see you as an outcast or a threat.
Factors Taken into Consideration by the Court
In the state of Oregon, after you meet time requirements, you can file a petition for relief from relief from the sex offender registry.
The court takes the following factors into consideration when granting relief:
- Date of the conviction
- Completion of a sex offender treatment program
- Degree of sexual offense
- Age and number of involved victims
- Criminal record prior to and after the offense
- Whether the offense was adjudicated in juvenile court
- Any relevant noncriminal behavior prior to and after the offense
You can trust our award-winning criminal defense lawyers, who have more than 60 years of combined experience and include a former prosecutor, to help you file a petition and provide the evidence needed to convince the court that you are rehabilitated and don’t pose a threat to children or others. We’re devoted to our clients’ well-being and can stand by your side throughout the legal process. Everybody deserves a second chance, including you.
Call our team if you require sex offender registry relief in Bend, Oregon at (541) 238-9210. Our lawyers are also available if you need legal representation after being arrested or accused of committing a sex crime.
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