Removal from Michigan Sex Offender Registry

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Monday, 10 October 2011 16:52

Michigan has passed a new law that allows a registered sex offender to petition the Circuit Court in which he or she lives for removal from the registry maintained by the Michigan State Police. MCL 28.728, dubbed in other states as the "Romeo Law," allows offenders who meet a specific list of criteria to seek for the early removal of their names and photos from the registry.

The law requires that the victim be a certain age during the perpetration of the crime and that the offender not be older than 19 years at the time of the offense. The instances of this type of offense are narrow, but it allows for a person so convicted at an early age to live free from the stigma of the sex offender registry.

A recent case I filed allowed a man who is married and expecting a child to live free from the shame of public notice for a crime he committed ten years ago. The crime itself, also referred to as "statutory rape" involved a dating relationship between himself, a 19 year old and a then 15 year old victim. The parties continued to date for several years.

The victim submitted a letter in support of the petition as did family members and co-workers. The case would have normally been filed under the local criminal case heading with the prosecutor being served the petition and the hearing set giving enough time for the victim to respond.

Not all cases are appropriate for review under this law, but if your case fits into the criteria, it can provide a new start. Call us today to schedule a consultation.


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