Massachusetts Changes Classification Standard For Sex Offenders

In a major decision that is likely to fundamentally change the classification of sex offenders in Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court recently struck down the Sex Offender Registry Board’s use of the preponderance of evidence standard in classification hearings. In John Doe No. 380316 vs. Sex Offender Registry Board, 473 Mass. 297 (2015), the court held that amendments to the sex offender registry law means that risk classifications have far greater consequences than before, such that due process now requires that offender’s risk level be proved by higher clear and convincing evidence standard.

Attorney Crouch participated in this case, filing an amicus brief on behalf of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Since 2013, Massachusetts has changed a number of laws related to the classification and reclassification of Massachusetts sex offenders, especially for Massachusetts Level 2 sex offenders.

For those individuals seeking sex offender reclassification or classification in Massachusetts, it is important to be aware of these changes.

As a result of these extensive changes to the Massachusetts sex offender registration law by both the legislature and the courts, it is important for sex offenders in Massachusetts to consult with a Massachusetts sex offender attorney about legal assistance with their classification and sex offender reclassification matters. If you are interested in speaking with a Massachusetts sex offender attorney please contact Attorney Crouch at (617) 441-5111 or email him to set up a free, initial consultation.