The new SORNA regulations became effective today. We do not like them and yet they are here. The question is what are we going to do about it?
It is important that every registrant remember that although the new SORNA regulations are now effective, most registrants have not yet received a government notice that their registration requirements have been changed. Without that notice, registrants have an affirmative defense if they are charged with violating any of the regulations.
This is not a time to panic. However, it is a time to be conscious and aware of any new registration requirements and to report to ACSOL any government notices you receive regarding such requirements.
Why? Because ACSOL fully intends to challenge the new SORNA regulations.
In fact, ACSOL is developing a two-prong strategy that includes litigation, as expected, but also includes a non-judicial challenge. ACSOL is not yet ready to disclose the details of either prong but expect to disclose the details of at least one prong during the next 10 days. Please stay tuned.
In the meantime, keep calm and carry on. We have your back.