Getting Off PA’s Sex Offender Registry
Pennsylvania has amended its sex offender laws several times over the past two decades. PA’s current sex offender law, SORNA (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act), was last amended on February 21, 2018. Maynard Law Office, LLC keeps current on PA’s sex offender laws. Our firm has been able to remove clients from PA’s sex offender registry.
2 WAYS TO GET OFF PA’S SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY:
First, under the new SORNA law, registrants may petition the court to end their registration duties. However, registrants must meet certain criteria. Maynard Law Office, LLC has helped to get registrants off sex offender registries. A judge will not permit a sex offender to end his registration duty unless he proves that he is not likely to pose a threat to the public safety. Our firm knows how to prove this to a court.
Second, our law firm has been able to get clients off SORNA:
- Last July, the PA Supreme Court decided Commonwealth v. Muniz. The Court held that SORNA could not be applied to those who committed sex offenses before SORNA became effective (Dec. 20, 2012). The Court concluded that such application violated the Ex Post Facto Clause, and was therefore, unconstitutional.
- Most recently, the PA Legislature enacted a new version of SORNA. Under the new law, people who were previously removed from PA’s sex offender registry were placed back on. However, it is an open question as to whether this new version of SORNA is constitutional. Registrants who committed sex offense before December 20, 2012 may be able to assert certain legal defenses. Thus, even under the new version of SORNA, registrants may be able to obtain relief from PA’s registration requirements.
If you committed a sex offense before December 20, 2012, call our law firm today for a free consultation. Given our firm’s understanding of PA’s sex offender laws, we may be able to help you get off the sex offender registry.