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!