Date and Place of Conviction Alias es Social Security Number The county sheriff will photograph and fingerprint the person and send this information to the State Patrol. A DNA sample must be provided or you could face additional criminal charges. While under probation or community supervision, a registered sex offender must immediately notify their supervising agency of any changes to their address, phone, or employment situations. Registered sex offenders must also notify the local county sheriff at least 21 days in advance in writing any plans to travel internationally.
The laws around sex offender registration are often change and we encourage you to call our office to see if you are eligible to be relieved from the duty to register as a sex offender. Our staff is extremely experienced in helping you lift this burden on you and your family. Who has to Register? There are three ways a person has a duty to register in Washington State: A conviction for a sex offense in Washington State. The list below shows all the sex offenses that must register as a sex offender under RCW 9A.
An out-of-state, tribal, federal, military conviction that under Washington State law would be considered to be a sex offense. How Long do I Have to Register for? In most cases, the answer is you do not have to register forever. The length of time you have to register depends on the type of crime you were convicted of and when you were convicted. The table below breaks down how long a person must register for: For WA State adult convictions if you have spent 10 years in the community you can ask a judge to lift the required.
For all other adult convictions, if you have spent 15 years in the community you can ask a judge to lift the required. For juvenile, you have to wait 2 or 5 years depending on age at time of crime. For juvenile convictions, you have to wait 2 or 5 years depending on age at time of crime.
If you have met the time periods listed-above and you have not been convicted of a disqualifying offense, you can write a letter to the local county sheriff asking them to remove you.
We have assisted clients throughout Washington State and across the county who have met their time in the community without any disqualifying offenses in successfully ending the duty to register. Please call our offices today if you believe you should no longer be registering as a sex offender. If you were convicted of a sex offense before the law went into effect on July 28, , you may or may not have a duty to register as a sex offender.
The law says if you were in custody local county jail or prison or under supervision juvenile or adult including Department of Corrections and JRA on or after July 28, because you were convicted of a sex offense you have a duty to register as a sex offender.
If you are unsure if your conviction requires you to register, please call out offices to see if you in fact have a duty to register. If you were convicted or found guilty of another offense after your sex offense case, you may still be able to petition a court to end the duty to register.
For juvenile cases, a person cannot have a conviction for a subsequent sex offense or a failure to register within 24 or 60 months before filing for relief or after the case was resolved. For adult cases, a person cannot have a conviction for a disqualifying offense within the last 10 years for Washington State convictions or 15 years for out-of-state, military, tribal, or federal convictions. A disqualifying offense is a conviction for any felony, any crime against a person1, any crime against children2, any sex offense, two more convictions for failure to register, any crime with the domestic violence designation, permitting the commercial sex abuse of a minor, or any violation of Chapter 9A.
What if you have a conviction for one of the crimes listed above? It means will have to wait before you can bring your petition for relief since the conviction restarts the clock. For example, if you must wait 10 years in the community for an adult conviction for a sex offense and you have a subsequent conviction for Assault in the Fourth Degree, you must wait 10 years after you were sentenced or from the last day of confinement before asking a court to lift your duty to register.
For both adult and juvenile petitions, the Court considers 13 different discretionary factors in determining whether to remove the duty to register. It is important to have a skilled lawyer to properly address each factor when presenting your case to the judge. More information about the registration removal process can be found here on the Sex Offender Registration Removal page.
If a judge or the local county sheriff ends your duty to register that means you no longer have to report a change in address to law enforcement, you are no longer leveled, and you can travel internationally without informing law enforcement. Only individuals convicted as a juvenile or under 18 years of age can ask a judge in most circumstances to have a case sealed and vacated.
To learn more about juvenile sealing please see Sealing the Record of Conviction for Juvenile Offenders page of our website. Adult convictions cannot be sealed or vacated. If a person who is required to register knowingly fails to register, or moves to a new residence without notifying the county sheriff, or if they change their name without notifying the county sheriff and the Washington State Patrol, or if they fail to comply with several other requirements and time limits, can be found guilty of a felony and not only go to jail or prison but have their period of registration extended.
At the Meryhew Law Group we have extensive experience helping our clients resolve these charges. In some cases, we have been able to get the underlying duty to register removed for a juvenile offense leading to dismissal or significant reductions in the pending felony charge. In other cases, we are able to explain why our client failed to meet the technical requirements of the law in order to mitigate their actions and get a significantly lower sanction.
Defending clients on these charges requires a great deal of knowledge regarding these complex laws, which is what the Meryhew Law Group has to offer. What if I am on Lifetime Community Custody? Being relieved from the duty to register as a sex offender does not affect a sentence that includes lifetime community custody or lifetime probation with the Department Corrections.
The current law does not allow a person to petition to end lifetime supervision if he or she was convicted of a Class A sex offense that occurred on or after September 1, What is Sex Offender Leveling? The Sheriff's Office will set a level of risk, and for those deemed most at-risk flyers are sent to the community and your name and picture appear on a website for your neighbors, employers and others to search.
We work hard to ensure that our clients are made a Level I so that they avoid the infamy of the flyers in the neighborhood and the listing on the Offender Watch web site. We have also successfully convinced the Sheriff to reduce that level for clients, which meant they were removed from the web site and community notification was stopped.
If the local police have raised your risk level we can help. Those crimes mean a conviction of any of the following offenses: Aggravated murder; first or second degree murder; first or second degree kidnapping; first, second, or third degree assault; first, second, or third degree assault of a child; first, second, or third degree rape; first, second, or third degree rape of a child; first or second degree robbery; first degree arson; first degree burglary; first or second degree manslaughter; first or second degree extortion; indecent liberties; incest; vehicular homicide; first degree promoting prostitution; communication with a minor; unlawful imprisonment; simple assault; sexual exploitation of minors; first or second degree criminal mistreatment; endangerment with a controlled substance; child abuse or neglect as defined in RCW A Crime Against Persons is further defined in 9.
Crimes against children include the following: A violation of Chapter 9A.