Can I Be Relieved from My Duty to Register as a Sex Offender?
Many sex-related criminal convictions require that you register as a sex offender – in some cases, indefinitely. Those required to register must provide their name, address, place of employment, photograph, and fingerprints, among other... Read More
How to End Your Requirement to Register as a Sex Offender
If you’re legally required to register as a sex offender, you know it can be a rugged way to live. It’s the modern scarlet letter. Most likely you’re looking forward to the day when... Read More
I’ve Been Convicted of a Sex Crime—Can I Appeal?
A criminal conviction can be devastating blow, especially after a hard-fought legal battle. If you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, your first thought may be to appeal your case. But how do appeals... Read More
Sex Offenders Will Now be Identified on US Passports – Here Is what you need to know
In 2016, Congress passed the “International Megan’s Law.” The law aims to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation, especially through sex trafficking and sex tourism. The law went into effect in late 2017,... Read More
Is a SSOSA Right for Me?
If you’ve been convicted of a sexual offense in Washington State, you may be eligible for sentencing under Washington’s Special Sexual Offender Sentencing Alternative (SSOSA). What is a SSOSA, you might ask? Under Washington law,... Read More
How Do the Courts Decide Who Gets off the Sex Offender Registry?
If you are required to register as a sex offender, you’re probably very eager to have that duty lifted as soon as possible. But how and when can the duty to register be lifted?... Read More
The Problem with Making the Names of Level I Sex Offenders Public
In Washington State, Level I sex offenders are those offenders who are the least likely to re-offend. They are therefore deemed to pose the least risk to the wider community. While Level I offenders... Read More
What Happens If You Fail to Register as A Sex Offender in Washington State?
Certainly, no one wants to be required to register as a sex offender. It’s unpleasant, embarrassing, and surprisingly bureaucratic. But neglecting your duty to register can result in serious consequences that may have a... Read More
Here Is What Happens When You Register as a Sex Offender in Washington
Registering as a sex offender is an understandably daunting and unpleasant task. Understanding your legal rights and responsibilities, however, is crucial to making sure you can get on with your life. This piece answers... Read More
Assessing the Abel Assessment
The Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest—AASI—is a computer-based test used to measure a person’s sexual interests, especially towards children. Developed by Dr. Gene Abel over the last two decades, it is regularly used to... Read More