What you need to know about the SORB classification process

Recommended Classification Process

After you’ve been convicted of a sex offense you will receive your first notification from SORB inviting you to submit information to help them decide your recommended classification level. The temptation to respond and tell SORB who you really are might be strong, but this is a critical moment in your case. Consulting with an experienced attorney from the very beginning will give you the best chance of starting out with a lower recommended classification level, which in turn can lead to a lower final classification level.

Final Classification Hearing

30 days later SORB will notify you of your recommended classification level. You can accept that recommendation or challenge it by requesting a hearing. Remember – the only information SORB knows about you at this point is about the worst thing you’ve ever done, so this is your opportunity to change the narrative. Everyone has a story, and Laura’s goal is to help you tell yours while incorporating statistical research, law and psychology. The most important work begins far in advance of your hearing date, so if you have not yet reached out to an attorney now is the time.

Judicial Review

A few months after the hearing SORB will notify you of your final classification. Laura is prepared to litigate unfavorable hearing results in the superior court and, if necessary, the Appeals Court. She will advocate for you at every opportunity if it serves your best interests, but as part of her client-centered approach to cases she will always give you an honest opinion so you can make an informed decision whether your time and funds might be better spent by waiting a few years to petition for reclassification instead of immediately pursuing litigation in court.