Sunday, April 14, 2024

New Law Allows Sex Offenders to Be Removed from Database

California was among a few other states (South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama) to have a lifetime requirement on the sex offense registration database; once you were on it, you never came off. However, in October of 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 384 into law. This bill sectioned off the sex offense registry list into 3 tiers based on the severity of the offense. SB384 allowed a large portion of the sex offenders to potentially be placed lowly on the list or to be removed entirely (based on a variety of factors). In addition to potentially giving some minor sex offenders (urinating in public, etc.) a break, it also eases the burden on California law enforcement officers who have a difficult time keeping track of the humongous list currently in existence. San Francisco Democratic Senator Scott Wiener has even been quoted as saying:

“With this reform, our law enforcement agencies will be able to better protect people from violent sex offenders rather than wasting resources tracking low-level offenders who pose little or no risk of repeat of offense.” – Scott Wiener.

If you have been on the sex registration list in California, or have been accused of a sex crime of any kind, then contact our team of sex offense lawyers here at Beles & Beles for a consultation. Call us at (800) 860-2848 today.

The Tiers of Sex Offense in California as of SB384

As stated before, the Senate Bill 384 changed the sex offense registration system in California. The biggest change (other than the potential to be removed from the list) is the different tiers in which the list is now segregated into. The tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1
    This is the largest category of sex offenders on the registry. It contains approximately 65,000 members and this includes people convicted of indecent exposure, misdemeanor possession of child pornography, and misdemeanor sexual battery. Occupants of this list can be removed after 10 years of good behavior.
  • Tier 2
    24,000 individuals are listed in this tier. Tier 2 contains people convicted of crimes such as lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, non-forced sodomy with a minor under the age of 14, oral copulation with a minor under 14, etc. If you are a member of this registry, you can potentially be removed 20 years after your stay in prison.
  • Tier 3
    This is the most serious category on the new California sex registry. It contains around 8000 people and those people are ones convicted of crimes like rape, sex crimes against children under 10, sex trafficking of minors, etc. There is no possibility for removal from this tier.

Registered or Facing Registration? Call Us

Are you currently on the sex offender registration? Are you facing charges of a sex offense that could place you on the list? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then the professional attorneys here at Beles & Beles can help. We have years of experience handling sex crime cases in California and our team of lawyers is well-versed in the new California sex registration reform. Contact us at (800) 860-2848 today to schedule a consultation right away.

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