In most cases, the worst part of a criminal conviction in Tennessee is the jail or prison sentence. Many who have been convicted of a sex crime in our state believe the worst part is having to register as a sex offender. Registration can have a significant negative impact on family relationships, limit the kinds of jobs you can hold and also put restrictions on where you can live.
For some, a registration requirement will last a lifetime. For others, it will be possible to be removed from Tennessee’s Sex Offender Registry.
Those who are convicted of violent sex crimes are not eligible for removal from the registry.
There are several types of circumstances in which a person who has been convicted of a sex offense can be removed, however, including the following:
- Juveniles: if your case was heard in a juvenile court, and you have reached the age of 25 without any subsequent sex crime convictions, you can be eligible for removal.
- Expiration: if it has been 10 years since your sex crime sentence was completed — and you’ve been registered in Tennessee for at least five years — you can be eligible for registry removal.
- Overturned: if your sex crime conviction was overturned (or vacated for any other reason), you should have your Memphis criminal defense attorney contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or your registering agency, the TBI says on its website.
If you face charges of sexual assault, possession of child pornography, indecent exposure or other serious allegations, speak with an attorney experienced in sex crime defense.