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QUESTION: "Is there any appeal process he can follow to have the requirement of "registering" removed?"
ANSWER: Sure, gladly. Here is how this works. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 62 primarily governs the procedure. Fortunately, just last year Texas enacted what some call the "Romeo and Juliet Law" out of recognition that certain young offenders were punished unduly harshly. More specifically, an offender is eligible to seek removal from the registry if, and only if, each of the following requirements are fulfilled: (1) fewer than four years of age difference between the perpetrator and the victim; (2) minor victim was at least 15 years of age; and (3) the sexual contact was consensual. If he meets all three requirements, he can apply. But, this right is not afforded automatically, meaning he must confer with local legal counsel and then his lawyer will petition the Judge, argue at a hearing, and hopefully secure an order to remove his name from the listings.
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