My offense is carnal knowledge i am not a violent offender .i was 17 having consensual sex with my 15 year old girlfriend soon as i turned 18 i was convicted of a crime , this was 25 years ago . I recently received a letter from the state saying i can petition to be removed from the list but i do not know how to go about this process and i have googled everything and nothing is clear to me . just looking for a simple answer on what to do and do i need a lawyer and what are the fees . I know you can not give me a definite answer but maybe you can tell
me the direction i need to go. Thank You
Provided that you are not a violent offender, you can seek removal pursuant to the registration statutes. The procedure is relatively straightforward if you take a look at 9.1-910, HOWEVER, a hearing is required to show that you no longer present any risk to the public, etc. Thus, the choice of what sorts of evaluations to get and/or what sort of evidence you want to present can make things complicated enough that you should get an attorney who knows how to do these sorts of cases. This is especially true if you want to ensure that you do not in any way risk incriminating yourself.
The other reason why you should retain an attorney for this is that you only get to petition once every 24 months. While your likelihood of obtaining a removal at all is very low (considering the politics behind these sorts of hearings), you want the best chance you can get, and you don't want to have to wait to take another bite at the apple because of an evidentiary or procedural hiccup.
I hope this helps.
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