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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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Our county sheriff is out grandstanding about getting tough on sex offenders. He says he wants to see every one of us either dead or behind bars! I’m both angry, and terrified. What can I do?

Certainly the fact that an elected official is out grandstanding is disappointing. However, grandstanding about sex offenders is not uncommon for an elected official, and the sheriff is entitled to his/her misguided views. This is precisely why educating our elected officials is so crucial. A sheriff of all people should already know that there are many people listed on registries…

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I am terrified to leave my home. It seems that everyone must know about my registry status. I gave up trying to get work several years ago because nobody would hire me. What can I do?

First, understand that you are not alone. Call the Hotline if you need to talk to someone who understands. The next step is to take action! Check on this web site to find an advocacy group in your state and contact them. Try to attend a meeting if this is practical. Or, join a forum such as SOSEN’s. Become part…

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I know my picture is on the registry for all to see, but what about the many other sites out there that “borrow” my registry listing and add lots of incorrect information, and deliberately make me look like a world-class creep?

There is no good answer to this question, because there is no case law out there that offers guidance. These private listing sites think it’s okay to call all registrants predators, pedophiles, or child molesters. We disagree – but until there is a successful lawsuit that is upheld on appeal, they probably will not stop. Unfortunately, an attorney would hesitate…

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I am receiving letters from someone who is threatening harm to me, calling me a pervert and worse. He has also posted signs all around my block ‘warning’ people about me. Should I call the police?

Many states have language in their registry laws that prohibit such conduct, and provide for both civil and criminal penalties. If you can prove that a particular person is engaging in such behavior, you should certainly file a complaint. Filing a police report provides documentation of the harassment which you might later need in court. However, do not expect a…

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My husband has come home on probation. He has no restrictions that prohibit him from being around children, but Protective Services comes around weekly, telling me I have to submit to a home inspection or else they will take away my children by a prior marriage, and put them in foster care. Can they really do that?

It is possible that they can – but in most jurisdictions the standard for removal of children is that Protective Services must be able to prove that the child is suffering some form of abuse or neglect. Simply having a registrant in the household would not meet that standard in and of itself. However, that might not stop Protective Services…

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My parole officer is telling me I have to show up in her office within the hour, or she’s going to violate me. Problem is, I’m at work and need more time to arrange transportation. Can she really violate me for that?

The short answer is that there is not much you can do once such a directive has been issued. However, you can take steps to make such a difficult request less likely in the first place. Provide your supervising officer with a current copy of your work schedule. Make sure that you can prove you have given it to him/her!…

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