First, as I think back regarding my journey, I can only think about how much I regret putting myself in the situation I put myself in.
Today, over 18 years later, I’m still so disappointed. When I initially was referring with my counsel, I was informed (I plead to a wobbler) that once the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor, I would no longer have to register. He confirmed this!I later found out this was incorrect. I went back to court, had the court reduced to a misdemeanor, charge eventually expunged and the plea is considered an other (non disclosable). I really got on with my life.
Although, as time goes on, it seems like life is becoming increasingly difficult. There are new laws coming on the books yearly which honestly make life less manageable. Then, when I heard about the residency restrictions (my plea was adult oriented), I was in shock. Now, we have bans at parks and beaches? I would have never guessed. I can still recall when California initially put the web site up? I was in shock. OMG, this is terrible. I was initially put on the web site (incorrect), but immediately faxed my legal documents to Ca and it was removed. I truly feel sorry for those who have their names and addresses plastered online. I really don’t know how or what they feel.
Presently, the only hope I have is that new laws will be incorporated that will allow people to fall off the registry, a tier system is instituted and people have a chance to live both a productive and free lifestyle in the future. Things must change.
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