How can I find out what the current law would be in another state?

To determine if you have to register where you are moving, you must carefully examine the laws in that state. Factors include the date and statute of conviction, whether similar offenses must register in the new state, and what their laws say about persons coming from another state. Our advice for anyone in this situation is to consult a legal…

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How would my new state find out my previous registry status?

The new state could find out about your previous conviction any number of ways: An officer could run a criminal history at a routine traffic stop; You could apply for something from the government such as a driver’s license or Social Security; or A person from your old state who knows your conviction could notify the new state in order…

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If someone is no longer required to register in the state in which the offense occurred, why would another state require it?

Since sex offender registration is a “civil regulatory scheme,” each state determines how to apply its registration scheme and to whom. Registration is a hodgepodge of 50 different statutory schemes plus a plethora of locally-imposed ordinances. This is much like your vehicle registration, where each state determines which vehicles are exempt and which ones must pay or be inspected.

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How can I get myself off the registry?

There is no way to just “get off the registry.” Most states do not even have an appeal process in place. You basically have two legal options, and one legislative option. You can file a personal challenge in the hope that you can get your original conviction overturned or reversed. This is an extreme long shot, especially if you entered…

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What’s the best state for me to live in? I’m a (Tier 1/2/3)

We don’t get into the referral business. Here’s why: What looks like green pastures one day can turn into Hell the next with our ever-changing laws. It’s impossible for anyone to keep totally accurate information on all 50 states plus territories. What seems like an “easy” burden for one person, could be a deal-breaker for another. Say, one person is…

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Where can I move so I don’t have to register?

Moving to other jurisdictions to avoid registration is probably not an option. Most states have catch-all provisions in their registration laws that require a new arrival to register if that person is obligated to register in the convicting state. If you move and choose not to register, it is possible that the feds would prosecute you under the AWA’s “Interstate…

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Shouldn’t the registry be for the really bad, dangerous predators?

Once again – NOBODY deserves the humiliation of public registration, and we in this cause must work together as EQUALS to fight it. If someone needs to be supervised in the interest of public safety, that supervision should be a part of his/her actual sentence, and does not need to be publicized to be effective. As an interim measure, it…

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What can I do to get off the public registry?

As an individual? Not much. Because the courts have deemed public registration regulatory, rather than punitive, most states do not provide any means for appealing your registration status. As a collective, we do have several options. First, we can initiate a legal challenge on various constitutional grounds. Second, we can build a coalition of like-minded community people and propose new…

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