SORA Removal

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People convicted of certain sex-related crimes are required to register on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. However, it may be possible for you to get off the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.


Recent amendments in the law may allow you to petition to be removed from the Sex Offender Registry. Michigan recently passed new laws that changed the Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) in Public Act 17 of 2011 and Public Act 18 of 2011. These amendments became effective on July 1, 2011.


The amendments to SORA have provided for a number of scenarios in which those previously required to register as a sex offender may petition to be removed from the sex offender registry and stop reporting to the local police departments. If you are currently required to register as a sex offender, you may be able to request that the court order your removal from the registry.


The new law only allows you one opportunity to request removal from SORA. It is critically important that you hire an attorney who understands the law, so that your chances of being removed from the registry are maximized. For example, in a Romeo & Juliet type situation, we must show that: 1) there was an age difference of less than 4 years between the registrant and the complainant, 2) that the complainant was between the age of 13-15 years at the time of the offense, and 3) that the sexual contact was consensual. This frequently requires that we obtain a written statement from the complainant or hire a private investigator to interview the complainant. We have relationships with high quality investigators who can track down complainants and ask the necessary questions to help with the removal process.


If you are interested in getting off the sex offender registry, contact Keeley Blanchard or Joshua Blanchard for a consultation.


Keeley Blanchard is knowledgeable regarding the Sex Offender Registration Act and the new amendments to the registry law in Michigan. Call Criminal Defense Attorney Keeley Blanchard today at 616-773-2945 to discuss removal from SORA or any other criminal defense issue.