What do the Sex Offender Classifications mean?

What does it mean to be classified as a Sex Offender?  Basically there are three levels of Sex Offenders in Massachusetts.   The Board gives you a preliminary classification, and you have the right to fight that classification.  The possibilities of classification are as follows:

LEVEL 1

If the SORB determines that the risk of re-offense is low, and there is a low degree of danger to the public, the SORB will classify an offender as a level one.  The SORB decides that the risk of dangerousness is so low that publication to the community of their name, work and home addresses does not serve the public interest.  The only people who have access to the information on Level 1 offenders are the Department of Corrections (the prison system), the FBI, local and town police departments, Department of Youth Services, Parole Board, Probation Department, and the Department of Mental Health.  Identifying information for Level 1 offenders cannot be disseminated to the public.

LEVEL 2

If SORB determines that the risk of reoffense is moderate and the degree of danger to the public is served by making identifying information available to the public then the general public will have access to the classification information at their local police department and via the SORB.

LEVEL 3

When the board decides that the risk of reoffense is high and that an individual poses a substantial public safety risk, and this risk is served by dissemination to the public.   Information on individuals classified as a Level 3 offender is available through local police department and the SORB website.

If you have received a notice stating that the SORB wishes to classify you as a sex offender (or re-classify), an experienced attorney can guide you through the process and represent you at the hearing.  There are steps that can be taken to lower your risk of being classified as a Level 3.  Your classification can be changed and you can fight it!

For help please call Attorney Jessica Foley at 866-981-7888 or email her at jessica@jessicafoleylaw.com

Level 3 Sex Offenders

Where the Board determines that the risk of reoffense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a level 3 designation to the sex offender.

The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 3 offender through the Local Police Departments and through the Sex Offender Registry Board.

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