What to do about sex offender register violation?

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What to do about sex offender register violation?

I was required to register for 10 years starting in 1997 ending 2007. The new Adam’s law kept me registering after 2007. Now its been changed (OH Supreme Court state sex-offender law changed 06/03/10) and I don’t have to register any longer. In 10/10 I pled guilty to attempted failure to register; I was few days late registering. Because I should not have had to have registered, can I get the attempted failure to register off my record and get off probation for that charge now? Never had anything else like that or any other felony since 1997. If so, how do I go about it?

Asked on November 6, 2010 under Criminal Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You need to seek help from a very good criminal attorney in your area.  What you really want to do is go back and change your plea.  Were you represented by an attorney at the time you entered the plea?  When was the actual violation in relation to the change in the law?  In other words, was the violation before 6/3/10?  This is going to be a difficult case but it may come out in your favor in the end should the time line work out. There are many motions to make (formal applications to the court to ask for relief) and I am no sure that you can do it alone.  Get help.   


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