This is the last post in a series of articles discussing how to terminate one’s obligations to register as a sex offender in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our previous post stressed the importance of hiring an experienced lawyer to assist you through the deregistration process. Working with an attorney who understands how to prepare the necessary documentation and clearly express your case to the Judge can help ensure that your case is handled properly. With so much at stake, retaining a lawyer is a worthwhile investment in such matters. The objective of this series has been to provide information to help people understand the process and benefits to deregister as a sex offender. If you are required to register and have questions about terminating registration obligations, contact our office to speak with an attorney.
This series addressed 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
We felt it was important to discuss this subject for several reasons. First, the benefits of ending sex offender registration requirements cannot be overstated. Eliminating reporting obligations, housing restrictions, and putting a stop to public humiliation and harassment are among the highlights. If successful, deregistration can mean getting your life back. Second, under Arkansas law, depending upon the nature of the original offense, one may be eligible for deregistration if fifteen years have passed since the offender was placed on probation or completed their original sentence. It is important to verify your eligibility prior to submitting your application. Third, failure to submit the appropriate documentation or legal filings can jeopardize one’s chance of success. It is important to know what to expect and how to get the assistance you need to apply. Finally, before a Judge will approve a deregistration request, one must prove that they no longer pose a risk to the public of committing future sex crimes. An experienced attorney can help ensure that your case is clearly and effectively presented to the Judge on your behalf.
If you need help getting your name off of the sex offender registry, 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.