Were you convicted of a sex offense that required you to registered as a sex offender and feel like you have served your time? Have you lost a job or been unable to secure housing you wanted because of the requirement to register as a sex offender? Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to petition the courts to remove your name from the Sex Offender Registry, if you meet certain guidelines under North Carolina and federal laws. However, this is a very complex issue, and you may wish to contact our attorneys for a FREE consultation to determine if you are able to successfully petition the courts to get off the Sex Offender Registry. If the conviction originated in North Carolina, a person with a reportable conviction must register with the sheriff in the county where he or she resides immediately upon conviction when placed upon probation.
North Carolina Sex Offender Registry
Sex Offender Registry: Police Department: UNCW
The Sex Offender Section registers; confirms addresses of registered offenders and arrests and prosecutes those offenders in violation of North Carolina General Statutes. This law requires a person who is a resident of North Carolina and who has a reportable conviction to maintain registration with the sheriff of the county where the person resides. If the person moves to North Carolina from outside this State, the person shall register within 3 days of establishing residence in this State, or whenever the person has been present in the State for 15 days, whichever comes first. If the person is a current resident of North Carolina, the person shall register:. When the offender is released from prison, local jail, or convicted in court with no active time, the reportable offender information is entered into a statewide registry as a "pending" registration status. If the reportable offender does not register with the county sheriff within the required time period, the statewide system will flag the record as a "Failure to Register" which assists law enforcement officials in tracking and requiring offenders to register. Once the offender has registered with the appropriate county sheriff, the registration information is updated in the statewide Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry by the registering county sheriff.
Removal from the Sex Offender Registry
The General Assembly recognizes that sex offenders often pose a high risk of engaging in sex offenses even after being released from incarceration or commitment and that protection of the public from sex offenders is of paramount governmental interest. The General Assembly also recognizes that persons who commit certain other types of offenses against minors, such as kidnapping, pose significant and unacceptable threats to the public safety and welfare of the children in this State and that the protection of those children is of great governmental interest. Further, the General Assembly recognizes that law enforcement officers' efforts to protect communities, conduct investigations, and quickly apprehend offenders who commit sex offenses or certain offenses against minors are impaired by the lack of information available to law enforcement agencies about convicted offenders who live within the agency's jurisdiction.
Under North Carolina law, certain persons who have been convicted of certain sex offenses are required to establish and maintain registration in compliance with the North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registration Programs. The Registration Programs are governed by. Resident offenders: shall register immediately upon conviction when an active term of imprisonment is not imposed. Otherwise, resident offenders shall register within three business days of release from a jail or prison, or upon arrival in a county to live, outside a jail or prison.