Contact Michael T. Kossen, P.C. for Sex Offender Expungement
The attorneys at Michael T. Kossen P.C. specialize in the expungement and sealing of sex offender registry records in Denver, CO. Registration on the offender list is part of the penalty for convicted sex offenders. Not only is it an embarrassing part of a person’s past, but it can hinder the possibility of taking steps to make life better and move on from past mistakes. Our law firm handles sealing past convictions of all kinds. Take our quick online test to learn if you might qualify to have your name removed from the sex offender registry list.
What is the Sex Offender Registry?
The sex offender registry is a local database that tracks the names and addresses of individuals who have been convicted of unlawful sex crimes or sexual crimes against children. Other information such as vehicle registration, place of employment, photos, and fingerprints are also included. The purpose of the registry is to alert the general public of crimes committed by individuals in their community so they may take precautions for themselves and their children when around offenders. It also allows the police quick access to location information if the person has been suspected of a similar offense. Registration requires convicted offenders to provide certain information about their identity and all addresses they live at, including secondary addresses.
What Crime Gets You on the Sex Offender Registry
Sexual offenses fall into different categories. While some sex crimes, such as prostitution or public indecency, don’t require sex offender registration, most sexual offense crimes require individuals to complete the sex offender registry. It must be completed within five days of being released from the Department of Correction (DOC) or setting up a new residential address, or within one day of being released from the DOC if no court-ordered supervision is included upon release. It’s important to understand that not all sexual offenses require permanent registration on the sex offender registry.
Am I Eligible for Removal From the Sex Offender Registry?
If an individual has been convicted of a sex offense and has been ordered to complete registration in the local sex offender registry, that does not mean they will have to be registered forever. However, there are specific requirements courts will look at when deciding eligibility for registration removal. To petition for removal, a convicted offender will have the following considered:
- The offense committed and whether it is the first offense or if there have been others.
- The length of time since the conviction. Colorado state law requires offenders to register for a certain period before they can petition for removal.
- The criminal record of the individual since the conviction. Have there been any other charges brought against the individual?
How to Petition for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry
A petition for removal from the sex offender registry will remove the notation as a sex offender from your criminal history so you can get on with living your life without it holding you back. If you have completed your sentence for a sex-related offense, you may be eligible to petition for removal. The first step is to contact our office or fill out our online survey to determine your eligibility. If we confirm that you fit the requirements, our team of professionals will guide you through the process of submitting the proper forms and attending the required hearing.
Choose a Qualified Attorney to Be On Your Side
We have two decades of experience representing clients who petition for removal from the sex offender registry. Depending on the crime committed and how much time has passed, it is within a citizen’s rights to seek removal from the registry. However, it is a difficult process and should be handled with the assistance of an attorney who understands the eligibility guidelines, the filing process, and the critical aspects of your case. Our firm is available 24/7, and we can determine within 24 hours of you contacting us if you meet the requirements to petition for removal.
Schedule a Consult for Sex Offender Registry Removal
Are you interested in learning more about how to file a petition for removal from the sex offender registry in Colorado? Please contact the offices of Michael T. Kossen in Denver, CO, or fill out our online form. Our staff will conduct a free assessment to see if you qualify and contact you within 24 hours after receiving your form to let you know whether or not you are eligible for removal from the sex offender registry. If you need help filing your petition or someone to represent you at the required hearings after, we can help. Call us to discuss your rights today.