This is the first post in a series discussing how to terminate one’s obligations to register as a sex offender in Little Rock, Arkansas. Those required to register as sex offenders under Arkansas law are fully aware of the impact that the registration obligations can have on their lives. In addition to the personal stigma associated with registration, opportunities for employment and housing may also be limited or completely foreclosed because the information can be found on routine background checks. Registration obligations can last a lifetime. Even unintentional violations of the requirements can result in further criminal charges. Under certain circumstances, however, Arkansas registered sex offenders may seek early termination of their registration obligations. The goal of this series is to provide information to help people understand the process of deregistration. If you are a registered sex offender and have questions about terminating registration obligations, contact our office to speak with a lawyer.
This series will address the following topics:
- The benefits of deregistration
- Potential eligibility for deregistration
- The process for deregistration
- The importance of hiring an attorney to assist with the process
If you are subject to registration requirements, you must understand these topics for the following reasons. First, there are significant benefits of removing one’s name from the sex offender registry. In particular, the identification as a registered offender will no longer be publicly available. This means that one will be free from invasive questions from neighbors or harassment about the choice of living arrangements. Second, under Arkansas law, if fifteen years have passed since the offender was placed on probation or completed the original sentence, one may be eligible to apply for deregistration. Certain other restrictions apply regarding the nature of the underlying offense. An experienced attorney can assist you in determining whether deregistration is an option for you. Third, once eligibility is established, it is important to understand how to navigate the legal process for deregistration. Failure to submit the appropriate documentation or legal filings can jeopardize one’s chance of success. Finally, one must prove in a court of law that they no longer pose a risk of committing additional sex-related offenses. Retaining an attorney with experience in deregistration cases can help ensure that all evidence is clearly and effectively presented to the court on your behalf.
If you are eligible for deregistration, consider beginning the process as soon as possible to take advantage of the benefits available to you. If you need assistance with deregistration, contact our Little Rock office today to speak with 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.