Removal from Megan's Law
Los Angeles Sex Crime Lawyers
Being convicted of a
sex crime is a devastating and difficult place to be. Often, these individuals are
forever branded by society and in their communities. It is almost impossible
to live a normal life after such a conviction, even after rehabilitation
and reform. Every offender is required by law to register themselves as
registration must be updated every year and every time the individual moves. In other
situations, an individual may even have to re-register every 30 or 90
days. However, there are some situations under which an individual may
be able to avoid or become exempt from such
What is Megan's Law?
In 1996, Megan's Law was passed in California. This legislation came
in response to the tragic rape and murder of seven year old Megan Kanka.
This act was committed by a convicted and known child molester who had
moved across the street from the Kanka family. Though this individual
was known by local authorities and was registered as an offender, that
information was not available to the family. As a result, this law was
enacted. Prior to this legislation, California had be requiring offenders
to register for more than 50 years. In July of 1995, the information regarding
their location was finally made available through the Child Molester Identification
Line. In 1996, Megan's Law put the information on the internet.
Applying for Removal
It is the goal of many sex offenders to be removed from the Megan's
Law website so that their information is not readily available to the
public. The first way to accomplish this is to be automatically excluded
in the first place. One of the categories that an offender can fall under
is called the undisclosed category. Those who are included in this list
will not have any of their information posted online. They will still
be registered as an offender and the police will be aware of their presence,
but they will not be on California's Megan's Law website.
If you do not fall in this category, though, you can apply for removal.
You must begin this process by submitting a Megan's Law exclusion
form to the California Department of Justice. In order to be excluded,
you must meet all of the Department's criteria. Anyone labeled as
a sexually violent predator will not be eligible for exclusion. You will
receive your answer relatively quickly—about a month from the day
you sent in your application. If you do meet all eligibility requirements
and are subsequently removed from the online listing, you must be aware
that your information is permanently excluded. If you are convicted of
another sex offense or violate your probation, your information will once
again be put on the Megan's Law website. However, if the specific
violation you are convicted of still meets the eligibility requirements,
you can reapply for exemption.
The best way to go about removing your information is to hire a sex crimes
defense attorney who can guide you through the process. A successful outcome
to this application is vital for your future. At Okabe & Haushalter,
we know how important this exclusion is to you. We want to help in any
way we can. Our legal team is devoted to providing all of our clients
will aggressive representation. We have represented a number of high profile
clients and are not afraid of a difficult fight. Over the years, we have
handled hundreds of
criminal defense cases and we know how difficult and emotional sex crime accusations can
be. To find out more how we can help you,
contact our firm right away. We look forward to working with you!