Sex Offender Reclassification Services

Seeking Reclassification Of Your Registration Level

The Sex Offender Registry Board process for changing (called reclassification) an individual’s registration level is complicated and benefits from the assistance of an experienced Massachusetts sex offender registration attorney. Reclassification is a two-step process involving the filing of a written petition or request for reclassification followed by an administrative hearing conducted before three hearing examiners. The arguments that can be raised at a reclassification hearing are diverse and remain based in the Board’s own regulatory factors.

The Sex Offender Registry Board may, at any time, seek to initiate a reclassification review of an individual’s registration level should new information suggest the individual poses a higher risk to reoffend. Similarly, classified individuals may make a request to the Sex Offender Registry Board to be reclassified to a lower level every three (3) years. As with a request to terminate registration, a reclassification decision is far from automatic. There are several criteria that an individual must meet before being considered eligible for a reduction in their classification level.

In order to prevail on a motion for reclassification, the Sex Offender Registry Board requires that you prove the following:

    1. It has been more than three years from the date of your final classification as a Level 2 or 3 sex offender;
    2. There are no pending charges against you and you are not presently incarcerated;
    3. The present classification level is not under judicial or administrative review;
    4. You have been released from custody and have been at liberty for at least five continuous years;
    5. You have not committed or been convicted of a sex offense since your classification hearing; and
    6. New and updated information proves that your risk of reoffense and degree of dangerousness has been reduced.

With the recent Massachusetts sex offender law changes for Level 2 sex offenders in Massachusetts, it is important for registered individuals to seek the lowest classification level possible to protect their reputations, livelihoods, and families.

If you are a Level 2 or 3 sex offender in Massachusetts and have questions regarding your Massachusetts sex offender classification or want assistance in reviewing or seeking sex offender reclassification, you need a Boston sex offender attorney. Please contact Attorney Crouch at (617) 441-5111 or email him to set up a free, initial consultation. To request further information please contact us.

UPDATE: The Massachusetts Legislature and the Sex Offender Registry Board have recently made significant changes to the process of reclassification of sex offenders in Massachusetts. If you are a sex offender in Massachusetts and have questions regarding your Massachusetts sex offender classification or want assistance in reviewing or seeking sex offender reclassification, you need a Boston sex offender attorney. Please contact Attorney Crouch at (617) 441-5111 or email him to set up a free, initial consultation. To request further information please contact us.