SORB Classification Hearings
My goal is to make sure SORB doesn’t “over-classify” you by assuming you’re more dangerous than you actually are.
SORB classifications happen in several stages:
1. Recommended classification
The SORB classification process has two stages. The first is called the “recommended” (sometimes also called “preliminary” or “initial”) classification stage. SORB will send you a notice inviting you to submit information for them to consider in deciding your recommended classification level.
At this point, the only information SORB knows about you probably does not represent the person you are today, so I understand that the temptation to respond can be strong.
But before you try and tell them who you really are, wait.
I can help.
I know the kind of information that is helpful to submit, but even more importantly, the kind of information that is not helpful to submit at this stage. We might be able to convince SORB at this point to recommend a low classification level, which would avoid the stress and expense of having a full hearing.
2. Final classification
If you choose not to accept SORB’s recommended classification, you can request a hearing where you’ll have an opportunity to present evidence and make arguments.
This is where we will really work together to change the narrative. Everyone has a story, and my goal is to help you tell yours while incorporating statistical research about sexual reoffending, law, and psychology.
I also know that this is not easy for you. And that’s why I’ll always do my best to try and make you feel as comfortable as possible and make sure you feel heard.
3. If necessary, judicial review
A few months after the hearing, SORB will notify you by mail of your final classification. I am prepared to litigate unfavorable hearing results in the Superior Court and, if necessary, the appellate courts.
Experience at All Stages
As one of a small number of attorneys with extensive experience handling both hearings and appeals, I’m able to make sure I litigate your case at each stage in a way that gives us the best chance of success if we have to go up to the Appeals Court or Supreme Judicial Court.
But my approach to all cases is always client-centered. This means I will always give you an honest opinion about whether to appeal. I want you to make an informed decision: does it make sense to immediately pursue litigation? Or, would your time and money be better spent waiting a few years to petition for reclassification? I’ll be here to help you figure that out.