After Conviction of a Crime, You Still Have Options
Things We Can Do for You After You've Been Convicted
A criminal conviction can result in many unpleasant consequences. Not all of them are permanent, however, and if you've been previously convicted of a crime, you should be aware of potential post-conviction remedies available to you.
Restoration of Rights After Conviction of a Felony
After a conviction of a felony offense, you will lose your right to possess firearms, your right to vote, your right to hold public office and other important legal rights. In the case of certain felony convictions, there are procedures available to restore those criminal rights after an appropriate period of time has passed and certain conditions have been met. Because of the complex nature of these procedures and the applicable restrictions, it's best to e-mail or call the Law Office of Robert Perez at 425-748-5005 for a free initial consultation to discuss your eligibility for this post-conviction services and how I can help you obtain them.
Vacating a Conviction or Expunging Non-Conviction Data
Under certain conditions and after an appropriate period of time has passed, it may be possible to remove a criminal conviction from your record. This is called "vacating a conviction" and the procedures and restrictions vary according to the offense and circumstances. It may also be possible in some case to remove any references to the arrest or other non-conviction data. There are restrictions on each of these processes, so it is important to speak with an attorney to discuss your options.
Removal of Sex Offender Registration
Sex offender registration is a terrible burden on anyone's life. If you are required to register as a sex offender, you will have police looking over your shoulder constantly and face discrimination by employers, landlords and neighbors.
For many types of cases, sex offender registration is required for life. In some cases, however, the duty to register expires after a fixed period of time. It's critical that you understand the complicated rules applicable to this system because any violation of the registration requirement, no matter how minor, can result in a new criminal offense and an extension of the time you are required to register. Even experienced lawyers have difficulty tracking all of the complexities of this system. Don't assume you understand it; be sure to consult with an experienced sex crimes defense attorney if you have any questions regarding registration requirements.
In certain cases of lifetime registration, an offender may be eligible to petition the court to be removed of the obligation to register. I have successfully petitioned the court to remove the registration requirement for some of my clients who had lifetime registration, and I am very aware of what is necessary to be successful in this life-changing procedure.
Don't assume that you have to live with this burden for life. If your offense occurred when you were a juvenile, for example, you may be eligible to have your registration requirement removed earlier than you think. If it was an adult offense and you have lived offense-free for a substantial period of time, you may be eligible for post-conviction relief now. E-mail me or call 425-748-5005 for a free initial consultation to see if a removal petition is a viable option for you.