Petitioning The Court To End Sex Offender Registration Requirement

The North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Program requires residents who have been convicted of certain sex offenses, resident students or nonresident workers in the state to register with law enforcement agencies.

Sex offender registration is required for conviction of a wide range of sexual crimes, including:

  • Rape, sexual battery and other sexually violent crimes
  • Sexual offenses against a child
  • Solicitation of a child by computer
  • Kidnapping or abduction of a child by someone other than a parent

The Rules Regarding Registration

Registration has long-term implications and often creates a stigma that is difficult to shake. Individuals who are convicted of an "aggravated offense" are required to register for life and verify a current address every 90 days.

Other offenders are required to register for a period of up to 30 years, but may be able to petition the court to terminate the registration requirement as early as 10 years after the initial date of county registration.

If you are interested in petitioning the state to terminate your sex offense registration requirement, it is critical to work with a lawyer who understands the state regulations and the necessary steps to achieve this. The attorneys at Macht & Schechet, PLLC, in Asheville, can help you navigate the sex offender registration termination process and advocate on your behalf.

Terminating Registration Requirements

Termination is at the discretion of the court and is determined after a hearing. Petitioners must not pose any threat to public safety, and may not have any subsequent arrests for a crime requiring registration on the sex offender list.

If a petition to terminate registration is denied, a petitioner can file another request one year after the date of the court's denial.

We Are Ready To Review Your Case

We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case and answer your questions about petitioning for termination of the sex offender registry requirement. Call 828-252-0002 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.