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Defending Individuals Throughout Asheville And Waynesville Facing Sex Offense Charges

Being charged with a sex crime in North Carolina carries with it very serious and long-lasting consequences — including lifetime registration on the Sex Offender Registry.

Many alleged crimes that fall within the sex crimes category are usually initiated by an alleged victim who may not be telling the truth.

If the victim has a history of making false allegations, has a vendetta against you or may have themselves previously been abused as a child or adult, you will need someone to help investigate the charge because police may only get one side of the story.

In situations such as these you need a lawyer who not only understands the law behind the charge, but also one who will passionately defend you in trial in either state or federal court. We have tried many different types of sex offense cases before juries with great success ranging from rape and statutory rape cases to failure to register and failure to report for the Sex Offender Registry. Don’t give up or feel hopeless if you’re facing these types of charges. Call and speak with us today about your case.

Hiring Nielsen Legal To Defend You

At Nielsen Legal, we have many years of experience handling criminal defense cases for Waynesville and surrounding areas. Our attorneys have defended individuals against a wide variety of sex offenses in Asheville and surrounding areas. We often provide legal defense for:

  • Rape
  • Second-degree rape
  • Date rape
  • Indecent liberties
  • Sexual battery
  • Sexual contact
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Indecent exposure
  • Sex offense
  • Child pornography
  • Failure to report/failure to register as a sex offender

The Sex Offender Registry Removal Process

In some instances, an offender can seek removal from the Sex Offender Registry, but there are strict state and federal laws and stipulations involved. For example, as a Tier 1 registered offender, you may petition the court for removal from the database on the 10-year anniversary of your conviction. You are eligible to petition if you have no further arrests and are not a potential threat to the safety of the public.

Petitioning for removal from the Sex Offender Registry involves a hearing in which you present evidence of your rehabilitation. The district attorney may object to your request, which is why you would benefit from having an attorney at your side. If the court denies your request, you must wait one year to petition again.

Sex Offense Classifications

There are three types, or tiers, of sex offenses:

  1. Tier 1 — 15 years (with possible removal after 10 years with a clean record)
  2. Tier 2 — 25 years
  3. Tier 3 — Lifetime

While it is somewhat unclear by the North Carolina legislation and its overlap with the federal government’s SORNA law, these tiers and the tier under which you might fall will depend on the crime of which you were convicted.

Call To Find Out If You Qualify — 828-564-1321

Regardless, if you have been on the list for 10 or more years, contact our legal team to see if you qualify for removal.

We do offer paid consultations to determine eligibility for SOR removal. Flexible appointments available.