If you are convicted of a sex crime in California, you will likely be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life as part of your sentence. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your name and personal information may also appear on the Megan’s Law website.
Many people do not understand the difference between Megan’s Law and sex offender registration. These are two separate systems.
Offenses That are Excluded from Megan’s Law
If you were convicted of an offense listed under California Penal Code Section 290.46(b), (c), or (d), your information will appear on the Megan’s Law website. It is not likely that you will be able to have your name removed from Megan’s Law if you were convicted of these offenses.
In addition, there is a category of offenses where your information will appear on the Megan’s Law website, but you may be able to get it removed. In order to get your information removed from Megan’s Law, you must apply for exclusion. Examples of sex crimes that fall under this category include:
- Felony violation of sexual battery (PC 243.4)
- Misdemeanor child molestation (PC 647.6)
- Felony child pornography where the victim was 16 years of age or older (PC 311)
- Indecent exposure (PC 314)
- Human trafficking (PC 236.1)
- Any offense that did not involve penetration or oral copulation where the victim was your child, sibling, stepchild or grandchild, and you have successfully completed or are successfully completing probation for this offense
If the crime you were convicted of does not fall into either of these two categories and your name is still listed on Megan’s Law, you should speak to an experienced attorney right away about getting your name removed from the site.
How to Be Removed from Megan’s Law
Based on the circumstances above, you may be eligible to be removed from the Megan’s Law website. You should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your eligibility to seek exclusion from Megan’s Law.
In order to be excluded from the Megan’s Law website, your attorney may submit an application on your behalf to the attorney general’s office. In deciding whether to grant your request to be removed from Megan’s Law, the attorney general will consider:
- Whether you are found to be a violent sexual predator or violate parolee
- If you are a low risk for reoffending (your lawyer may have to submit evidence as proof that you are at low risk of committing another crime)
Having your name listed on Megan’s Law could be devastating. Speak to an experienced post-conviction lawyer today to discuss whether you quality for exclusion from Megan’s Law.
Contact the Sex Crimes Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich Today
A sex crime conviction could follow you around forever. Don’t let the devastating consequences of your offense haunt you for the rest of your life. Speak to an experienced sex crimes attorney about having your name removed from Megan’s Law. At Wallin & Klarich, our sex crimes attorneys have over 35 years of experience successfully helping our clients in post-conviction matters. Let us help you now.
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