A bill in the California Assembly that could eliminate lifetime registration for offenders convicted of some sex crimes has stalled. State finance officials say revamping the state’s sex offender registry simply costs too much.
The bill would have removed low-level sex offenders from the registry after 10 or 20 years. However, finance officials say ongoing technology costs and processing tens of thousands of requests would cost tens of millions of dollars.
State Senator Scott Wiener says the state’s sex crimes registry is broken. Because of its size, it actually hampers criminal investigations. Currently, the state has more than 100,000 offenders. Law enforcement officials must spend hours per person monitoring registered offenders who pose little risk of reoffending. Remodeling the registry to focus monitoring efforts on high-risk offenders would save significant time and money. In addition, investigators must spend even more time combing through irrelevant offender data.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney
Few convictions carry the sting of a sex offense conviction. That’s because registered sex offenders are unlikely to ever put their convictions behind them. The state’s lifetime registry requirements apply, even for low-level offenses. When you’re facing sex crimes charges, your best defense includes working with an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of courtroom defense experience. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. As an experienced attorney, he provides aggressive defense, and works hard to defend his clients’ rights.
Mr. Helfend sees firsthand the damage that lifetime sex offender registration can cause. When you work with him, he won’t judge you based on your charges. Instead, he will work to ensure that you get the best possible representation and defense. Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t really want to take your case.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes lawyer case.
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