Arkansas law allows for convicted sex offenders to terminate their obligation to register. This topic is currently receiving attention in our state as the waiting requirement to request termination has now passed for certain persons. If you have been convicted of a sex offense in Arkansas, and you meet the requirements discussed below, then contact our Little Rock criminal defense attorneys today to begin the process of terminating your registration requirements.
Arkansas allows for those convicted of a sex offense to request that they no longer be required to register
Arkansas’ criminal code allows one to request an Order from the Court stating that they no longer be required to register as a sex offender. Arkansas Code 12-12-919 allows for one to apply for termination of the registration requirement if it has been fifteen years since they were released from prison or since they were first placed on probation. The first step of ending the obligation to register is to file an application with the Court. The Court will schedule a hearing at which the prosecutor may request that registration requirements continue. The State will be permitted to call witnesses and present evidence in support of any claim that one should remain required to register as a sex offender in Arkansas. We discuss the process in depth in this video:
Terminating the requirement to register as a sex offender can have enormous benefits. Termination means that one no longer has to worry about their neighbors finding out through a database that they have been convicted of a sex offense. Terminating the obligation also reduces the risk that one will pick up a new charge for failing to register or updating basic information such a home address. Our lawyers are able to assist those eligible under Arkansas law to terminate the need to register as a sex offender.
Arkansas residents wishing to terminate their sex offender registration requirements should contact an attorney
If you wish to terminate Arkansas’ requirement that you register as a sex offender then you should contact an attorney immediately. The process of terminating the registration requirement involves several steps in the legal process and making a mistake can result in your application being denied. Properly applying for termination of the requirement means that the correct paperwork must be properly filed with the court. It also requires that a proper notice of the hearing be timely given to the prosecutor. Also, should the prosecutor dispute the termination then having a qualified attorney to argue on your behalf can possibly make the difference between your application being granted or denied.
It is not advisable that you go through the process alone. Call our Little Rock sex offense lawyers today if require help with this process.