Sex Offender Registry Removal

March 4, 2022

At Ryan Swingle Law, we have experience with Sex Offender registry removal and can help reclaim your freedom and rebuild your reputation. We serve clients dealing with sexual offenses in and around Athens, GA.

In Georgia, some sex offenders may be removed from the State’s sex offender registry. However, this process requires petitioning the courts of the county the offender resides in or was convicted in. 

If you’re a registered sex offender in Georgia, you can ask for removal from registries if you meet the criteria for removal. Registry matters regarding sex offenses can be difficult to handle on your own.

Fortunately, you do not have to fight for registry removal alone - an experienced sex offense attorney can assess your case and help you petition for removal.

Who Must Register as a Sex Offender in Georgia?

Georgia laws require anyone convicted of sexual offenses against a minor or those charged with a sexually violent crime to register as a sex offender with the state registry. These crimes include:

  • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Rape
  • Felony of indecent exposure
  • Child molestation
  • Enticing a child or minor
  • First, second, and third-degree sexual exploitation of a child
  • Secret peeping
  • Possessing or producing child pornography

Georgia residents with a history or reportable conviction for aiding or attempting conspiracy of a crime against a child or minor must also register with the state registry. Those required to register must do so as soon as they are released from their respective correctional institutions. This occurs immediately or within three days of their release; at the sheriff’s office in Georgia.

Who Is Eligible for Removal?

To be removed from Georgia’s offender registry, one must have completed the required minimum registration period. This means that the offender needs to have completed their sentencing in prison as well as probation or parole. They should also be declared low-risk by the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Review Board.

You may qualify to be removed from the offender registry if you meet the following requirements:

  • The minor or victim was not transported from one location to another during the incident.
  • No deadly weapon was used to cause harm during a sexual offense.
  • No past convictions for sex offenses, including various crimes against minors.
  • The victim did not sustain serious injuries during the incident.
  • The victim was not physically restrained when the incident occurred.
  • There is no reportable prior history of similar offenses.

Should I Consult a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Yes. A criminal defense attorney who has experience in sex offender appeals can help ensure you meet all the requirements before your court hearing. If you are a low-risk offender and have already paid for your crimes, you do not need to be in the offender registry for the rest of your life.

At Ryan Swingle Law, we have experience with Sex Offender registry removal and can help reclaim your freedom and rebuild your reputation. We serve clients dealing with sexual offenses in and around Athens, GA.

If you need to appeal for removal from Georgia's sex offenders’ registry, or are facing sex crime charges, our attorneys are more than ready to help you. Contact us online or call us at (706) 708-0827 to schedule a consultation.

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