About The Sex Offender Registration Law

The Sex Offender Registry Law requires that the Sex Offender Registry Board be composed of members who are appointed by the Governor to serve specific terms of office. The registry law requires that the Sex Offender Registry Board include experts in the areas of victim services, criminal justice, and the assessment and treatment of juvenile and adult sex offenders.

The Sex Offender Registry Law requires that an individual register as a sex offender who 1) lives, works or attends an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts; and 2) was also convicted or adjudicated a delinquent or youthful offender, incarcerated, on probation, on parole, or was released from a civil commitment for a sex offense on or after August 1, 1981. While the Sex Offender Registry Law defines which offenses qualify as “sex offenses” in Massachusetts, the issue is far less clear for someone convicted of a possible sexually based crime in another state or jurisdiction. An attorney experienced in representing sex offenders, such as Attorney Andrew Crouch, will be able to assist you in navigating this difficult process.

Unclassified sex offenders are required first register with the Sex Offender Registry Board via mail. The Sex Offender Registry Law requires offenders to provide their current residential, secondary, employment and school addresses. Individuals who fail to register with the Sex Offender Registry Board or to update address information may be subject to arrest. Failing to register with the Board is a serious offense in Massachusetts with many long-lasting possible consequences, including incarceration, an increased classification level, community parole supervision for life, and monitoring by GPS.

To the extent that the Sex Offender Registry Board fails to maintain the required membership and experience, an attorney may challenge the Board’s attempts to classify a person. A continued failure to maintain a properly composed Board undermines the public interest behind the Sex Offender Registry Law.

If you are facing a classification proceeding or are already a registered offender who wants assistance in reviewing or challenging his or her classification, or to request further information, please contact Attorney Crouch at (617) 441-5111 or email him to set up a free, initial consultation. To request further information please contact us.