For many sex crime charges, conviction results in mandatory listing on the Oregon sex offender registry. This is a publicly available list that can restrict a person's employment and residence options, and requires the person to report any changes in place of residency. Listing on the sex offender registry can continue to haunt a person long after he has paid his debt to society.
In Oregon, sex offender registry removal is possible in certain cases. Other people may be able to avoid getting listed in the first place. Getting relief, however, presents challenges and is by no means certain. The services of an experienced criminal defense attorney can prove invaluable in this effort.
At Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group we have years of experience representing people charged with all types of sex offenses. We work tenaciously to protect the rights of our clients and preserve their freedom.
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Depending on circumstances, it may be possible to get your name removed from the sex offender list or avoid a listing altogether, as described below.
Petition for removal — Under Oregon ORS 181.820, a person who has been convicted of one Class C felony or misdemeanor sex crime can apply for removal from the registry after 10 years. Before granting such relief, the court will carefully examine the person's history since the conviction and factors related to the crime itself, such as the level of violence and the age of the victim. The court will hold you to a high standard, so your petition must be skillfully prepared and argued.
Juveniles — Juveniles who have been adjudicated of a misdemeanor sex crime that would ordinarily result in registration as an adult, no longer have to register. Those adjudicated for a Class C felony sex crime may petition for relief 30 days after discharge, or release from probation, parole or incarceration. Those adjudicated for Class A and Class B felony sex crimes can petition for relief two years after discharge, or release from probation, parole or incarceration.
Plea bargain — Though it can be a bitter pill to swallow, it may be preferable to seek an outcome that results in a felony conviction without registration rather than a misdemeanor conviction that requires registration. A lawyer at Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group can review your situation and discuss the pros and cons of this approach.
Aggressive defense at trial — This may be the best option for some people charged with sex offenses. As experienced trial lawyers, we will vigorously defend you, seeking a dismissal of charges, a not-guilty verdict or another acceptable outcome.
To learn more about getting relief from the sex offender registry, call Gilroy Napoli Short Law Group at 503-747-7198 or contact us online. We represent people in Portland, Salem, Beaverton, Hillsboro and surrounding areas.
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