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SORNA DEREGISTRATION

Eligibility

Once the individual is determined to be eligible for deregistration, the individual must submit to a deregistration evaluation, which must be performed by a Deregistration Evaluation Specialist. In Texas, there are approximately twenty-four (24) individuals who have been trained by Matthew L. Ferrara, Ph.D. to perform deregistration evaluations.


What is a Deregistration Evaluation ?

The deregistration evaluation is a risk assessment. Individuals who are deemed to be a high risk are not allowed to deregister.

Each deregistration evaluation is composed of three risk ratings: risk for sexual reoffense, risk for general criminality, and risk of psychopathy. In Texas, two types of sexual re-offense risk assessment instruments have been approved by CSOT for use in a deregistration evaluation. The Matrix 2000 is used with individuals whose only sex offense entails viewing child pornography. The Static-2002 is used with all other individuals. States outside of Texas utilize their own variation of the same risk assessment evaluation.


The Process

We will prepare all the necessary documentation including all applications and motions required to help you achieve the desired result. Additionally we will help you locate an Evaluation Specialist.  The key to getting the desired result is in the preparation.


Deregistration

In Texas at the 79th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, House Bill 867 was passed and it added Subchapter I, Articles 62.401 to 62.408 to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  The bill created the potential for the deregistration of some sex offenders, or removal of some sex offenders from the public registry.  You probably think you know who the legislature was helping when they passed this law and you are probably right – partially right. Those individuals who are removed from the registry will benefit.

If you think that individuals removed from the registry are the only ones who will be better off, you are incorrect.  Scientific studies show that due to the public registry, up to two thirds of family, friends, and loved ones of those on the registry suffer harassment, verbal abuse, and in some cases physical assault. These collateral victims will benefit when their loved ones are removed from the registry.

What is the biggest surprise of all regarding who will benefit: the entire community will benefit. There are many low risk offenders on the public registry who will probably never re-offend. These low risk offenders are mixed in with high risk offenders; and, consequently, it is easy to lose focus on the high risk offenders. The deregistration process will ensure that only high risk offenders remain on the registry – the ones you may want to watch.

It is important to know what deregistration WILL NOT DO.  If an individual is removed from the registry…

  • It does not remove the individual from nonpublic law enforcement registries.
  • It does not remove DNA from law enforcement registry
  • Deregistration cannot  be used to appeal or expunge a sex offense
  • Deregistration does not affect probation or parole status –even if someone is allowed to deregister, the person must complete his or her term of supervision.
  • Sex offense will still be part of the individual’s criminal record, so the sex offense shows up when he or she applies for jobs.
  • Deregistered individuals will still be ineligible for jobs with children.
  • Deregistration is not publicly funded. If an individual wants to deregister, the individual must pay for his or her own deregistration.
  • An individual can apply for deregistration but it is still up to the court to approve deregistration.

 

If this is the first time you have heard of deregistration, it might sound a little confusing. You need to keep in mind that the Texas Legislature created deregistration and they would not do anything to harm you or endanger public safety.   If you take the time to read the information contained on this website, you may come to see that deregistration helps you, it improves public safety, and protects collateral victims.

Since we service several states, we can provide their specific legislative statutes in  regard to deregistration at your request.


Appointments

1.Please bring a valid photo identification such as state Driver's License, State issued ID, or

passport.

2. Please dress business casual as you will be in a professional environment. No tank tops or sports jerseys.

3.Only two people are allowed to an appointment, No children under any circumstances!

No one under 18 years of age is allowed at your appointment. We reserve the right to request an I.D.

4. Consultations are by appointment only, no drop-ins are allowed.

5. Please be mindful of others, therefore do not show up for an appointment with an odor of alcohol or marijuana because you will be asked to leave.

6. Consultations are paid for upon arrival. We accept credit cards, debit cards with a Visa logo, cashier's checks, or money orders. NO CASH PLEASE. We do not keep cash in the office and cannot make change.

FAQS

If you still have questions please look up House Bill 867, Subchapter I, Articles 62.401 to 62.408 to the Texas Criminal Procedure. If you are outside of Texas, give us a call and we will provide the statute pertaining to your state.