Removal From Sex Offender Registration
Juvenile Subject to Lifetime Sex Offender Registration
In 2002, when our client was 17 years old he was charged as a juvenile with several sex offenses. His case was subsequently transferred from juvenile court to adult court. At the age of 18 he accepted a nolo contendere plea, which meant that he was conceding if the Commonwealth went to trial they would have enough for a conviction. Due to his charges, at the age of 18 he was ordered to registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life. In 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in In re J.B., 107 A.3d 1 (Pa. 2014), that the lifetime registration requirements on juveniles for specified offenses violated their due process rights by utilizing an irrebuttable presumption. In 2019, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Commonwealth v. Haines, 222 A.3d 756 (Pa.Super. 2019), that the “J.B. Court’s holding should apply with equal weight to juvenile adjudications as well as to defendant’s convicted as adults for crimes committed as juveniles.” Based on these appellate decisions, we were able to file a motion on our client’s behalf to have him removed from sex offender registration. The Commonwealth conceded this issue and the trial court entered an order in June 2022, directing that our client was no longer required to register as a sex offender. After 20 years of complying with sex offender registration and never committing another sex offense, our client no longer sees his name on the sex offender list.