Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Action Item: California, Georgia and Nebraska Already Ruled it Unconstitutional and Now New Hampshire Has a Court Challenge, What About Virginia?

First…… what the law is in Virginia: 

§ 9.1-903. Virginia Sex Offender Registration procedures
G. Any person required to register shall reregister either in person or electronically with the local law-enforcement agency where his residence is located within 30 minutes following any change of the electronic mail address information, any instant message, chat or other Internet communication name or identity information that the person uses or intends to use, whether within or without the Commonwealth.  

This statute applies to both Non-Violent and Violent Offenders (all the Registered Sex Offenders-RSO’s in Virginia) NOT just those under VA-DOC Probation, EVERY ONE! 

Remember….there is NO “electronic” option for Virginia’s Registered Sex Offenders so even though the statute says it, doesn’t mean it’s a viable option.  

In fact the Virginia State Police-VSP has refused to extend the 30 minutes to 3 "business" days or to implement an electronic system when presented with legislation (2011- HB1628 and 2012- HB416 ).  

So……..EVERY RSO in Virginia must get in their car and drive to the closest VSP Barracks that are only open Mon-Fri 8:30-am4:00pm (no evenings, no weekends and no holidays) and the closest location could be either 30 minutes or 4 hours away. Good luck making the “30 minute” window! 

OK…….now this is what is happening in New Hampshire right now: