Your presence on a sex offender registry can significantly limit your ability to find work or housing. Others, however, do have the option to pursue removal of the requirement. These waiting periods range from five to thirty years. In your certificate of service, you need to send the entire petition and attachments to the Attorney General, as well as the State Attorney of the county in which you are filing, and, if not the same county, the State Attorney of the county of the where the charges originated from. In announcing the punishment, Judge Jonathan Skiles rejected recommendations by the prosecution and the Probation Department to order Matthew Pena, then 33, and Andrews, 30, to register as sex offenders for life. Even one mistake can result in the denial of your request. She also told police she had sex with Matthew Pena when she lived temporarily with him, his pregnant wife and his young daughter. If you are eligible, you typically must file a petition for removal with the court. High-risk, sexually violent and repeat sex offenders would still be required to register for life, said Sen. For those states in compliance with federal law, sex offenders are classified into 3 tiers. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. The other states are Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. At one point, he messaged the teen and asked her when she would turn If you want a hearing before the Court renders its decision, you must make that request in your petition. By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq.