Courts Recognize Low Risk of Re-Offense during Sex Offender Registration Level Hearings

CAL client A.C. was given the least onerous sex offender registration requirements at a risk assessment hearing that was recently held in anticipation of his upcoming release from prison.  Although the Board of Sex Offender Examiners had recommended a moderate risk level assessment, CAL argued that the Board had not taken into account the evidence that Mr. C. had significantly rehabilitated during his prison sentence.  In particular, he had demonstrated an exemplary commitment to treating his lifelong drug addiction.   Acknowledging that the Board’s recommendation over-assessed Mr. C’s likelihood of reoffending, the court granted a downward departure.  As a low-risk registrant, Mr. C. will not be listed on the public internet database.