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For anyone who has been removed from the CA registry, you can expedite your removal from the CA Megan’s Law website as well as receipt of a letter from the CA Dept. of Justice confirming your removal by sending a copy of the court’s order to the CA Dept. of Justice using the following email: Be specific in your request, that is, tell the agency you want to be removed from the website and/or you want a letter from the agency confirming that you are no longer required to register.

For those who have been removed from their state registry, it is recommended that you notify the federal Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) that you are no longer required to register in that state. Send an email to According to communications from DHS, a person who is no longer required to register in any state is no longer required to have a “unique identifier” added to their passport and is no longer required to provide notice of at least 21 days for overseas travel.

A judge in Madera County today granted the petition filed on behalf of an individual required to register who was assigned to Tier 1. The DA did not state their position until today’s hearing during which they revealed they had no objection. Congratulations to client #80!

Hi, looking for any advice for those who were successful in getting off the registry. Specifically, I am looking for recommended lawyers who can assist me with filing my petition regarding my Tier Designation. 

Brief back story: I was a senior in high school when I was convicted (2012). State of Indiana, 19 years old (got held back in elementary school so I was a year older). Charged with sexual battery. Victim was also a senior in high school (17y.o). I served 6 months work release, 6 months house arrest and given a 10 year registration requirement. I moved out to CA for a job in 2016, and have lived here ever since. I’ve fulfilled all requirements, zero issues whatsoever. All this time I was under the impression that in January 2023, I would have completed my 10 year requirement. On my birthday, when I went to the PD for what I thought was the last time, I learned that  the CA DOJ put me in the Tier 2 category. 

Based off what I’ve read, I believe I should be in Tier 1. I would like the opportunity to petition this tier designation, and want the help of a lawyer to make sure I do this the right way. 

Can anyone provide me with recommendations for lawyers? Im located in Los Angeles CA. I get overwhelmed my google searches and really prefer to work with someone who is recommended. I have called Oberstein several times over the last few months and every time I get his receptionist who tells me he will call me back and he never has. 

I can afford to pay whatever’s required. I just want to do this the right way and find a lawyer who understands the nuances of these things and can give me my best shot of appealing. 

Thanks so much for your help.

A judge in Sacramento granted the petition of a person required to register, who was assigned to Tier 1, on September 6. The DA did not object to this petition and there was no hearing. Congratulations to #81!

Today a judge in Kern County Superior Court granted the petition of my client during a hearing in which the District Attorney argued that the facts of the offense which took place more than 20 years ago justified his continued registration. Thanks to the appellate decision, People v. Thai, a judge who had read that decision as well as my lengthy legal memo, that client is no longer required to register in CA. Congratulations to #82!

Alameda County Superior Court has granted the petition of a person granted to register who was assigned to Tier 1. There was no hearing in this case and the court granted the petition about three months after the petition was filed. Congratulations to client #83! You are no longer required to register in California.

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