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Despite all Odds, Court of Appeals Reversal Leads to Client's Relief from Penal Code Section 290 Sex Offender Registration

Posted by Seth Chazin | Oct 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alameda County client was convicted over 20 years ago of an offense (Penal Code section 288a(b)(2)) which required sex offender registration under Penal Code section 290. Approximately five years ago, the client used another attorney who attempted to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation for our client but the petition was denied. The client then came to me wondering if there was anything I could do. I filed a writ of mandamus pursuant to People vs. Hofsheier and the Superior Court Judge denied our writ. Undaunted, we took the case up on appeal to the First District Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals overturned the Superior Court Judge's decision and ordered the Superior Court Judge to terminate mandatory sex offender registration.  However, the Court of Appeals also told the Superior Court that it should determine whether our client should have to register through the discretionary registration provision in Penal Code section 290.006.  We again submitted arguments to the court and this time the Superior Court Judge finally relented and granted our client full relief from Penal Code section 290 sex offender registration.  A hard-fought, but sweet, victory.

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Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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