Texas Code of Criminal Procedure

Art. Art. 62.352
Order Generally


The court shall enter an order exempting a respondent from registration under this chapter if the court determines:


that the protection of the public would not be increased by registration of the respondent under this chapter; or


that any potential increase in protection of the public resulting from registration of the respondent is clearly outweighed by the anticipated substantial harm to the respondent and the respondent’s family that would result from registration under this chapter.


After a hearing under Article 62.351 (Motion and Hearing Generally) or under a plea agreement described by Article 62.355 (Waiver of Hearing)(b), the juvenile court may enter an order:


deferring decision on requiring registration under this chapter until the respondent has completed treatment for the respondent’s sexual offense as a condition of probation or while committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department; or


requiring the respondent to register as a sex offender but providing that the registration information is not public information and is restricted to use by law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, the Council on Sex Offender Treatment, and public or private institutions of higher education.


If the court enters an order described by Subsection (b)(1), the court retains discretion and jurisdiction to require, or exempt the respondent from, registration under this chapter at any time during the treatment or on the successful or unsuccessful completion of treatment, except that during the period of deferral, registration may not be required. Following successful completion of treatment, the respondent is exempted from registration under this chapter unless a hearing under this subchapter is held on motion of the prosecuting attorney, regardless of whether the respondent is 18 years of age or older, and the court determines the interests of the public require registration. Not later than the 10th day after the date of the respondent’s successful completion of treatment, the treatment provider shall notify the juvenile court and prosecuting attorney of the completion.


Information that is the subject of an order described by Subsection (b)(2) may not be posted on the Internet or released to the public.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1008 (H.B. 867), Sec. 1.01, eff. September 1, 2005.
Amended by:
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1299 (H.B. 2862), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2013.

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