A new California law (SB384) has divided sex offenses into three tiers. Depending on the offense, a person convicted of a sex offense may be able to be relieved from their duty to register as a sex offender.
- Tier 1: A tier 1 offense requires 10 years of registration. Tier 1 offenses are the lowest level sex offenses. These are generally misdemeanor offenses.
- Tier 2: A Tier 2 offense requires 20 years of registration. Tier 2 offenses are the middle level offenses. These are generally non-strike felonies, and some misdemeanors.
- Tier 3: A tier 3 offense still requires lifetime registration. Tier 3 offenses are the highest-level offenses. These are usually felonies that are also strikes, such as violent sex offenses.
If you have suffered a conviction for a sex offense and have been registering for more than 10 years, you may be eligible for relief from registration. Please contact a qualified attorney to evaluate whether you qualify for relief.