I didn’t actually commit a crime! My attorney said I had a choice between taking the plea or facing an unsympathetic judge/jury and getting huge amounts of jail time. Can’t I withdraw my plea?

Withdrawal of a guilty plea is possible but extremely difficult. You would have to be willing to hire a lawyer, present lots of solid evidence that establishes your actual innocence that was not available at the time of your plea, and hope that the judge/jury is more sympathetic than your original lawyer predicted. In other words, it’s a crap shoot.

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I took a plea because I was assured that conviction did not require registration (or only required X years). How can the state now tell me it’s more?

As long as registration is considered to be a civil regulatory scheme, the State is allowed to change the registration requirements whenever it sees a “public safety” need. Unlike the courts, lawmakers have not made any agreements with the person convicted of the sex offense. If lawmakers believe that changing public registration requirements will keep children safe, they can simply…

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