March 17, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

The Sex Offender Registration Imposed 20 Years Ago Violated Equal Protection

Twenty years after a sex offender was convicted by a jury of oral copulation with a minor and was required to register as a sex offender, the offender moved to lift the lifetime registration requirement. The Superior Court, denied the motion.

In Lewis v. Superior Court, 169 Cal.App.4th 70, the California Court of Appeal held that mandatory sex offender registration violated defendant’s equal protection rights as stated in People v. Hofsheier (2006) 37 Cal.4th 1185. Neither defendant’s 1987 conviction nor his subsequent history supported an order requiring him to register as a sex offender. The order was set aside.

Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorneys in California know what it takes to defend crimes such as the one described above and that could mean the difference between registering for life, or having your freedom. Call now to speak to an experienced criminal law attorney at Wallin & Klarich.

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