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Monday, July 28, 2014

Removal and/or Relief from Re-Registration of the Virginia Sex Offender Registry

 

Note: The VA statute links below from 2014 have expired. Virginia moved all legal statutes to a new website http://law.lis.virginia.gov/

Removal of Name and Information from VSP Registry: http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title9.1/chapter9/section9.1-910/


 

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One of the more common questions I receive from readers is…… 

How long do I have to register? 

As of July 1, 2008, any Registrant classified as “Non-Violent” must remain on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry for a minimum of 15 years before they can petition the court to be removed. The 2008 Virginia General Assembly increased the minimum time from 10 to 15 years, retroactive to everyone in an attempt to become Federally Adam Walsh Act compliant, as of 2014 Virginia is NOT compliant. When this change occurred in 2008 some offenders that had been successful in a petition to be removed back in 2006 and 2007 were put BACK on the VSP Virginia Registry for an additional 5 years before they can petition for removal, again. 
 

How Can a Virginia Registered Sex Offender Attend Their Child’s School Sponsored Activities?


A common theme seems to repeat itself every year as we approach “Back to School” season. 

v      I want to be able to drop and pick my child/children from school.
v      I am a single parent so I need to be able to drop and pick my child/children from school.
v      My child/children want me to attend their basketball, soccer, baseball, football games, is there any way to?
v      My child/children want me to attend their band, choir, orchestra, drama class production, is there any way to?
v      My child/children want me to attend their award ceremony, is there any way to?
v      My child is graduating from high school this year, how can I attend the graduation ceremony?