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 draft a law to change those requirements, and the law is presumed to be constitutional.

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