This is the next post in a series of articles discussing the ability to terminate sex-offender registration requirements in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our previous post reviewed the multitude of benefits that accompany deregistration. For obvious reasons, removing one’s personal information from the publicly available database can help impacted individuals get a fresh start. The ability to put an end to harassment and community ostracism can allow a person to move ahead with their life. Along with the restoration of one’s basic privacy rights, employment and housing opportunities may be more readily available. Those who are eligible are encouraged to do so. An experienced criminal attorney can help you understand the process and represent your interests. In this article, we will review Arkansas’ eligibility requirements for deregistration. If you or a loved one needs assistance, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Arkansas law restricts the ability to deregister as a sex offender to a limited group of individuals. The option is not available to those who have been convicted of aggravated sexual offenses, are categorized as level 4 sexually dangerous predators, or have been convicted of a second or subsequent sexually-related crime. All others not specifically prohibited by the preceding restrictions are permitted to apply for deregistration but must wait fifteen years after their release from incarceration or being placed on probation for the underlying offense. After the fifteen-year period has elapsed, an offender may apply for early termination from the registration obligations. Unlike many other states, Arkansas permits permanent residents who were charged with a sexually-related crime in another state to apply for deregistration. These individuals must not be specifically prohibited as set forth above and must meet the fifteen-year requirement.
It is important to remember that just because a person is eligible to apply to deregister as a sex offender, that is simply the beginning of the legal process. Each applicant will face a hearing, which may include input from a variety of interested parties. This could include one’s accuser, former prosecutors or probation officers, family, friends, or neighbors. The burden of proof rests with the applicant to demonstrate to the Court that they are no longer likely to pose a threat to the safety of others. The applicant must make a persuasive argument and offer supporting evidence showing that they no longer represent a risk to public safety. An attorney with criminal defense experience will investigate your case history, your activities during your fifteen-year waiting period, and prepare an effective argument on your behalf. With so much at stake, it is imperative to work with a lawyer to help increase your chances of success.
Our firm understands the sensitive nature of seeking termination of sex offender registration requirements. We believe all of our clients are entitled to respect and a vigorous defense. If you need assistance, contact us today to speak to a lawyer. In addition to Little Rock, we also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.