This week, I had two good results for clients with underlying sex offenses.
In one case, the defendant, who had plead to a sex offense involving contact with an underage female when he was eighteen years old, sought early termination and discharge of a first offender ten year probation sentence. During a lengthy hearing, probation acknowledged his great performance of probation conditions, no issues presented by his sex offender evaluation and treatment, and completion of five years of probation. The judge granted early termination, cutting off five additional years of probation, and granted the first offender discharge, allowing the defendant to be through with probation and to come off of the sex offender registry.
In the second case, we sought removal from the sex offender registry. This case also involved unlawful contact between a young man, 20 years old at the time, and an underage female. In my experience, prosecutors always oppose these motions even if there is no particular concern about the individual case. After a hearing which disclosed no problems while incarcerated, no violations of probation, and no significant contacts with law enforcement, and a Level I sex offender classification, the judge agreed that the registrant did not pose a substantial risk of commiting a future dangerous sexual offense and granted the motion for removal.