Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.
If he was not guilty of the failure to register and he had proof of the fact he did try to register or did register his address as required, then he should have never pled guilty. Unfortunately, once he did plead guilty based on the pressure from the DA, he severely limited his rights and options.
He will now need letters of support from his counselors and the probation
/parole officer regarding his compliance. He will also need letters from community leaders and his sister explaining that he has changed and that he is a productive member of society. He can present this evidence to the court in a motion for post conviction relief as a youthful offender and ask the court to vacate the plea and dismiss the charges based on his compliance and his record since his arrest. The court has sole discretion in these matters and while they do not agree to this often, when the defendant shows a complete change as you are saying your son can show, they do exercise their discretion and vacate.
Of course, once you get the documentation together, you will need to get him an attorney to file, but if the documentation paints as good of a picture of your son as you say, then the courts with youthful offenders are a bit more lenient in these cases.
Thank you so much for using JustAnswer.com. I truly aim to please you as a customer, but please keep in mind that I do not know what you already know or don't know, or with what you need help, unless you tell me. If I did not answer the question you thought you were asking, please respond with the specific question you wanted answered. PLEASE use REPLY to EXPERT if you would like more information or if you feel something was not included in your answer.
Kindly remember the ONLY WAY experts receive any credit at all for spending time with customers is if you click on OK, GOOD or EXCELLENT SERVICE even though you have made a deposit or are a subscription customer. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE RATING FOR THE EXPERT TO XXXXX CREDIT, if not the site keeps your money on deposit.
Also remember, sometimes the law does not support what we want it to support, but that is not the fault of the person answering the question, so please be courteous.