How Does One Remove a Name from the Megan’s Law Internet Listing?
The individual is usually fearful of a neighbor, employer or colleague finding one’s name, or parents of their child’s classmate and spreading the information, damaging their reputation and stigmatizing his or her child.
Often, the client was never convicted by a jury. Instead, a plea was entered into based on a practical decision to avoid trial and the risks of a prison sentence, even though the victim and the facts of the case were greatly disputed (most commonly a “he said, she said” situation). However, in the “Me Too” atmosphere that may have been present at the time, trial would have been unwise. Someone reading the listing of names, however, certainly never knows this and naturally, they may imagine our client was a serial rapist when he or she was far, far from any such conduct.In a Nutshell: Removing one’s name from the Megan’s Law Internet listing is not available for everyone who is a registered sex offender and listed on the site, but if one is convicted of an offense that does not neatly fit into one of the specified eligibility criteria, a good attorney can make a significant difference.
1. An offense that did not involve penetration or oral copulation;
2. An offense that did not involve one’s child, stepchild, grandchild or sibling; and
3. The individual has successfully completed probation or is successfully completing probation for the offense.
A letter from the attorney who represented the client during the case is also acceptable and this is where the client can present documentation showing rehabilitation, mitigating circumstances, how the Internet listing has affected the client and so forth. Such a letter can be comprehensive, stating why removal from the website is “the right thing to do,” given how long the client has been publicly identified, the age of the client, the client’s employment situation, the client being barred from participating in community events (such as AYSO soccer, Boy Scouts, Little League, for example) and how the client’s name on the Internet has caused punishment to the client’s family.
A ruling on the application, once it is submitted, typically takes thirty days.
For more information about sex offender registration issues under Penal Code § 290, click on the following articles:
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