Seattle Sex Offender Registration Waivers

Washington law requires convicted sex offenders to register in person at their county sheriff's office. This requirement is aimed at protecting their victims and the general public.

This duty to register remains in place permanently for those convicted of a class A felony. Class A felons may only obtain clearance to waive the duty to register through a petition of the superior court.

A person convicted of a class B felony must adhere to the duty to register for 15 years from the date of his or her release from confinement or entry of the judgment and sentence. If a convicted class B felon spends 15 consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any new offenses, he or she can be relieved of the duty to register.

A person convicted of a class C felony must adhere to the duty to register for 10 years from the date of his or her release or entry of the judgment and sentence. Ten consecutive years in the community without any convictions for other crimes clears the way to waive the duty to register.

Any person who was convicted of a sex offense while he or she was a juvenile may petition the superior court to be relieved of the duty to register.

How The Court Decides

At the Seattle office of Kenneth F. Bromet, Attorney at Law, I have helped many adults seal or expunge juvenile criminal records and remove themselves from the sex offender duty to register list.

To petition for removal from the sex offender duty to register list, the court requires a petitioner show clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner is sufficiently rehabilitated and is a minimal risk to be a repeat offender. Further, the court considers a number of factors, including:

  • The nature of the offense that requires one to register, including the number of victims and the length of the offense history
  • The petitioner's compliance with supervision requirements
  • The length of time since the charged incident occurred
  • Participation in an appropriate sex offender treatment program and other required treatment and rehabilitative programs
  • The petitioner's employment and stability
  • The petitioner's community and personal support system
  • Risk assessments or evaluations prepared by a qualified professional

Contact Kenneth F. Bromet, Attorney at Law

I have earned a stellar reputation as a lawyer who is skilled not only at assisting juveniles who face criminal charges, but also helping adults who wish to remove themselves from the sex offender registration list or seal or expunge criminal records.

Contact me to schedule a free consultation. I can answer your questions regarding this area of law and recommend the best steps to take.