Relief from sex offender registration requirement in California can mean the difference between moving on with your life after a criminal conviction for a sex crime. When a person is accused of a sex offense, whether it be a misdemeanor or felony, there are many options and defenses a defendant can use to avoid the extremely harsh outcome of being required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives. An experienced criminal defense attorney can utilize many options to alter the outcome of a very serious charge to benefit their client by not only avoiding jail or prison time but also avoiding the lifetime registration requirement.
Is is possible to obtain relief from having to register as a sex offender under California Penal Code 290 ?
Perhaps the biggest hurdle in successfully defending felony or misdemeanor sexual assault cases is protecting yourself from the Cal. Penal Code section 290 requirement of lifetime registration as a sex offender. Regardless of jail or prison time, people soon realize that having to register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives is a stigma that will negatively effect you and your family’s lives forever. Even though a person may ultimately be required to register as a sex offender in California including Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can still apply for relief from the registration requirement by obtaining a certificate of rehabilitation. Penal Code section 4852.01 provides in pertinent part: “Any person convicted of a felony who has been released from a state prison . . . may file the petition