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Sexually Related Offenses – Removal from Sex Offender Registry, Sodomy / 'Crime Against Nature'

Removal from Sex Offender Registry

If you are convicted of a sex crime, it is probable that your name is on the Sex Offender Registry. Being on this list can be a difficult thing to deal with and has a lasting impact on one’s life. Your relationships with family, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and clients can all be negatively affected; however, in some circumstances it may be possible to have your name removed from the registry.

With years of experience in criminal defense, our attorneys can represent you in order to petition to have your name removed from the registry. According to North Carolina Statute, you may petition to have your name removed from the registry after ten years. However, you are only allowed one request per year and must wait a whole year if your first request is denied. As a result, it is important to hire an attorney who will get the job done right the first time.

The process to remove your name from the Sex Offender Registry can be very difficult and technical. Our attorneys are knowledgeable of the proper procedures and will work to prove that your name should be removed. We will provide letters of reference and other testimony in order to prove good conduct and character. Additionally, we will argue before the court that your name should be removed. While the final decision is left to the discretion of the court, our attorneys will provide a sound argument that you are no longer a threat in order to help your chances.

Your specific case is important to us. Do not hesitate to contact us today and have our attorneys begin the process of restoring your reputation.

Sodomy / “Crime Against Nature”

Sodomy and “Crime Against Nature” laws may be difficult to understand because of their historic roots. In fact, North Carolina is one of the few states that still criminalizes this type of sexual activity through archaic laws. These laws were originally incorporated into North Carolina statute by King Henry VIII in 1868.

In short, North Carolina law requires that “If any person shall commit the crime against nature with man or beast, he shall be punished as Class I felon.” However, after being on the books for centuries, the courts finally held that this law was no longer enforceable for activities occurring in private. If the act were to occur in a public place, however, the North Carolina felony of “Crime Against Nature” would still apply.

While these laws no longer apply to private conduct, they still carry strict punishments upon conviction. Individuals who are convicted are considered felons and will lose substantial rights, such as the right to vote. Furthermore, if the information is on public record, there can be great embarrassment, emotional trouble as well as a financial burden. As a result, if you are charged with this offense, it is important that you take this matter very seriously. Even married heterosexual couples can be charged with this crime if it is to occur in public. Do not hesitate to contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today. Our experienced attorneys will seek every avenue of defense in order to protect your rights.

Contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today

Every sexually related offense carries a negative stigma that can be tough to handle. Contact our experienced attorneys today and let us help you work through this matter. We will take an aggressive approach on your behalf and be the advocate you need during this difficult time.