Having your name listed on the sex offender registry can have several repercussions on your life. When people find out about your status, it could complicate relationships, your career and your ability to establish connections in the community.
Despite the isolation you may feel because of the circumstances, you could eventually request the removal of your name from the registry.
Comply with all terms
When you register for the first time, you will receive a list of terms that you must comply with. This could include provisions such as the following:
- Prohibits you from being within a specified mile radius of schools or other public places
- Requires you to renew your registry after a specified time frame
- Forbids you from committing any sexual offenses
Failure to comply with the terms you agree to can have serious consequences including fines and jail time.
Follow all legal requirements
Just because you wish to have your name removed from the registry is not enough, unfortunately, for the courts to comply. According to Virginia Legislative Information System, sex offenses fall into different tiers depending on the severity of the crime. This means you will need to register in the corresponding tier and based on the crime you committed; it could be anywhere from 15-25 years before you have eligibility to request the removal of your name.
Maintain good standing
The best thing you can do is to maintain good standing with the law. Demonstrate your remorse, volunteer in your community and do your best to be a good citizen. Try to find a job and focus on the things you can control. Your effort could make a difference in the success you have of one day removing your name from the registry.