Pennsylvania adds right to counsel for sex offender registration proceedings

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02/21/2018, Legislation, Sexually Dangerous Persons - Registration/Notification

in 2018, the Pennsylvania Legislature enacted HB 631.  This bill amended 42 Pa.C.S. §§ 9799.15(a.2)(4) to provide a right to counsel for person petitioning to be exempted from sex offender registry after 25 years.  It also amended 9799.58(e)(2) to provide a right to counsel in an assessment hearing to determine whether an individual is a sexually violent predator for purposes of registration.

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