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How Nessel Defense Law can Remove your name from the SORA

Don’t let a sex offense ruin your life. New amendments to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act (SORA) now make it possible to remove your name from the list. As of July 1, 2011, sex offenders who meet the “Romeo and Juliet” – or statutory rape – exception, and juvenile offenders who were convicted before July 1, 2011 and were below the age of 14 when convicted are eligible to be removed from the SORA.

How Nessel Defense Law can Remove your name from the SORA

If you’re a minor in Michigan convicted of having sex with another individual under the age of 16, it is now possible to remove your name from the SORA. You can petition to have your name removed and you may be granted a hearing to remove your name from the SORA. To do so, you’ll have to demonstrate:

  • The “victim” consented to the sex act, and
  • The “victim” was no younger than 13 years old, and
  • The “offender” was no more than 4 years older than the “victim”.

Keep in mind that just because a hearing is scheduled, this does not grant automatic removal from the SORA. You only get ONE CHANCE to clear your name. If your hearing does not go well and your name is not removed from the SORA, you’ll have to keep appealing for the 10 – 15 years of your life. Don’t go through this process alone. You’ll need the quality legal team at Nessel Defense Law. Nessel Defense Law will file your extensive paperwork and give you the best representation and advice possible during your petition and hearing.

The Consequences of Sex Crimes

The consequences of a sex crime conviction are severe; they will affect both your entire life and your family’s life. You need take every action possible to restore your name and avoid harsh penalties. The consequences in Michigan include:

  • An obligation to register your name with the SORA up to four times a year.
    • Your name and picture may be posted on postcards and distributed throughout your neighborhood
    • Your  name and picture may be posted on the internet and phone apps distinguishing you as a sex offender and showing where you live
    • You may be banned from entering schools and even being within a 1,000 foot radius of any school zone
    • You will face jail time and a fine

Contact Nessel and Kessel in Detroit, Michigan for quality and compassionate legal representation that will ease your anxiety and make sure you and your family’s best interests are taken care of.  Nessel and Kessel in Detroit, Michigan will take listen to your case and give you the individual attention you deserve during these trying times.

About Nessel and Kessel

With more than two decades of experience, , Nessel & Kessel is one of Michigan’s premiere litigation firms.  Nessel & Kessel’s experience includes all Detroit, Michigan misdemeanor and felony charges, assault, auto theft, criminal sexual conduct, domestic violence, drug possession and trafficking, expungements, homicides, manslaughter, internet crimes, larcenies, home invasions, breaking and entering, probation violations, retail fraud, drunk driving, license restoration, traffic tickets, divorce, annulment and legal separations, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal support, restraining orders, personal protection orders, paternity, prenuptial and postnuptial, gay and lesbian family law issues, civil rights and constitutional violations, false imprisonment, forfeiture actions, police brutality, premises liability, wrongful arrest and wrongful death. Nessel Defense Law is located in Detroit, Michigan in the Penobscot building on the corner of Griswold and West Congress Street.

Contact Dana Nessel or Chris Kessel today at 313—556-2300 for an in-depth and confidential consultation regarding your rights

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