a future without registration is possible
Often times after a person is convicted of a sex offense or a crime with a sexual component, they will be required to register as sex offender with law enforcement. Depending on the crime of conviction, the state of conviction, or if the conviction is a federal crime, a person’s registration requirements will vary. Registering can be not only burdensome but can expose an individual to future criminal penalties should they violate the requirements of their registration.

It is important for individuals convicted of sexual offenses to know that sex offender registration does not always have to be a lifetime burden for all people. Depending on an individual’s circumstances, they may be entitled to removal from the registry.

For example, in August of 2018, Missouri enacted legislation changing Missouri’s Sex Offender Registration obligations from lifetime for all persons subject to registration under Missouri Sex Offender Registry to a Tiered system, subjecting persons to registration by Missouri’s Sex Offender Registry for a period of 15 years if the person is a Tier I offender, 25 years if the person is Tier II offender, or lifetime if the person is a Tier III offender. Once a person’s term of registration has expired the person can petition the court in the Missouri county of conviction, for the offense resulting in the registration obligation, for removal from the Missouri Sex Offender Registry.  What Tier a person is classified as depends upon the person’s offense or offenses of conviction. Additionally, Tier I persons may be eligible to have their period of registration reduced by 5 years, from a registration term of 15 years to a registration term of 10 years if the person meets certain requirements. A Tier 1 person is eligible for the 5-year reduction in registration term if the person meets certain requirements.

Additionally, Kansas and the Federal system also have a tiered system.

If you or someone you love is required to register we encourage you to reach out to us to see if we can assist you in ending the burden of registration. Furthermore, if you or someone you love is facing a failure to register charge please seek legal counsel immediately as convictions for these failure to register offenses can result in criminal penalties and could prevent future removal from the registry.

We have successfully helped clients get removed from the registry which ended their registration requirement. We have also successfully helped clients avoid failure to register convictions. Please contact us for information about registry removal and failure to register tickets.


Mr. Bell has significant experience in criminal matters at the local, state and federal level. When combined with his educational background and other life experiences, Mr. Bell is uniquely situated to help individuals and companies with investigations and charges that could result in serious personal and professional consequences.

After obtaining his business and tax law degrees, Mr. Bell worked as a tax and estate planning attorney.  Combining his desire to help people with his love of the law, Mr. Bell then served as a trial attorney with the Missouri Public Defender’s System in Jackson County, Missouri.  After representing thousands of clients in matters ranging from misdemeanor assault to first degree murder, Mr. Bell joined the Firm in 2007 where he is now a shareholder.

While Mr. Bell continues to represent clients in local and state court, he has leveraged his business background to develop a significant white-collar practice in both Kansas and Missouri federal courts.

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York LL.M. (Taxation) | December, 1997

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York J.D. | May, 1997

  • University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Philadelphia, PA B.S. Economics (Magna Cum Laude) | May, 1994
  • Named as one of the 16 “Up & Coming Lawyers” by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly | October 9, 2006
  • The Charles M. Shaw Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy | March 1, 2007 – Present
  • Selected to Super Lawyers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation | 2019

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