The requirement to register as a sex offender is an ignominious consequence of receiving a conviction on a sex offense in Tennessee. In the eyes of the public, it labels you as an individual not to be trusted, and particularly avoided in many cases. It also inhibits you from obtaining employment and living in certain areas. In addition, as a registered sex offender, your Tennessee driver’s license will also indicate such.
The State of Tennessee has embraced the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), a law that establishes the minimum requirements sex offenders must comply with for registration and notification purposes. For the majority of those convicted of a sexual offense, the requirement to registered as a sex offender leaves your name on the registry, available for anyone who desires to view. Certain sex offenses can leave you on this registry for life. For instance, individuals convicted of violent sex crimes do not qualify for removal from the Tennessee sex offender registry.
Candidates for removal from the TN sex offender registry
Some individuals convicted of sex offenses and placed on the sex offender registry eventually become eligible to have their names removed from the list. If you become eligible, you can submit a request to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or your registering agency to have your name removed from the under the following circumstances:
- Your conviction was overturned
- You took back your guilty plea
- You received a conviction on statutory rape in which a 10 year or less age differential existed between you and the victim when the offense occurred
- Your name is on the Tennessee sex offender registry only because the law required you to be on another state’s registry, and your name has since been removed from the other state’s registry
- You received a conviction classified as “sexual,” 10 years has passed since your conviction, and your name has been on the sex offender registry for at least five years
- Your conviction on a sex offense has received expungement in Tennessee or another state
- Your request for relief after your conviction has been granted by the state
- You were convicted in juvenile court of a sex offense and have now reached the age of 25 without any conviction of another qualifying offense since your original juvenile court conviction
To determine for certain if you are eligible for removal from the Tennessee sex offender registry, it is important to obtain experienced representation from a Knoxville criminal defense attorney. If you are eligible, your attorney can gather the proof and seek your removal from the registry according to current Tennessee offender registration law.
At Banks and Jones, our Knoxville sex crimes attorneys understand the entire sex offender registry process in Tennessee and under what circumstances your name can be removed from the list. We are here to fight for your rights and future. If you are seeking removal from this registry, let us know. To arrange a free consultation about your case, give us a call today at 865-546-2141 or complete our contact form.