Cancellation of Sex Offender Registration Based on Developments in the Courts
Posted by: Marc Levinson
March 01, 2010
Topic: Cancellation of Sex Offender Registration II
Few things are as burdensome as the duty to register as a sex offender.
Many people are unaware that the law concerning sex offender registration has changed over the last few years. Many people who thought they had a lifetime duty to register are now eligible for cancellation of their registration based on developments in the California Courts of Appeal (see, for example, People v. Ranscht, a 2009 case).
The courts, in cases like Ranscht, are beginning to liberalize their interpretation of Hofsheier, thus people who may not originally have been considered "similarly situated" to the defendant in Hofsheier are now finding that they may have a plausible argument that their duty to register under Cal.Penal Code § 290 is unconstitutional.
November 12, 2009
The Duty to Register as a Sex Offender in Light of People v. Hofsheier