The Sex Offender Registry Board (SORB), is the board that classifies sex offenders in Massachusetts. Anyone charged and convicted of an enumerated sex offense in Massachusetts can potentially be classified by the board.
Individuals are not notified by the board of their potential classification until after they have been convicted. In the case of people incarcerated for one of the sex offenses, they are not notified until they are nearing the end of their incarceration. Just when someone has served their time, and is ready to start a new life, they are notified that there is a possibility that there picture will be available on the internet, to the general public, that they were convicted of a sex offense.
If someone is not sentenced to prison or jail, they are usually notified shorty after their conviction.
If you are notified by SORB, you have the right to counsel at the classification hearing. If you are indigent, you will be appointed counsel.
The classification hearing before SORB is an administrative hearing, where the rules of evidence are not the same as they are in a court of law. If you are not appointed an attorney, you should hire one to protect your rights.
If you have received a notice of classification and need an attorney please call Jessica A. Foley at the Law Office of Jessica A. Foley at 866-981-7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.