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Texas Law That May End Your Duty to Register!

Posted by attorney William Hines

During the 79th Regular session of the Texas Legislature, House Bill 867 was passed and signed into Law. (This law has effectively been on “hold" since 2007 because of a delay in formulating standards by the Texas Sex Offender Treatment Council. The Council has finally completed this work and we can now move forward). This new law has dramatically impacted the continuing duty to register for certain individuals. There is now an opportunity for individuals meeting specific conditions to have their duty to register terminated. There is now a process and authority to remove the horrible burden and stigma of public registration because of a mistake from an individual's past.

More specific criteria can be found under Texas Sex Offender Registry Law (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 62.401 et seq) and the Texas Legislature.

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