Check online for registered sex offenders
At the stricter end of the spectrum: All sex offenders in California and South Carolina must comply with registration requirements for life, regardless of the crimes committed.Compare this with the rules in Utah, where many offenders are removed from the registry after just 10 years.Obtaining records from individual departments may be a better method.Court clerks in the county where the criminal case is filed can provide copies of their files unless sealed by court order.But more serious crimes may require a check-in every three months.If a registered sex offender moves to another state, he or she must provide written notice of relocation to local police within a narrow window of time.
In many states, failure to meet registration requirements is a felony, and jeopardizes an offender’s chances of getting off the registry.
The board issues a recommendation on the petition, which goes back to the judge, who then decides whether or not registrants are likely to reoffend, based on evidence about their criminal record and any treatment they’ve received.
The petition process involves filing fees and potential legal fees.
In some states, however, certain offenders may petition for removal from the registry after a shorter period of time.
See above for an example of how the petition process works in Missouri.