Last month we invited registrants to answer the question, “Had you known that sex offender registration requirements would be expanded to where they are today, would you have taken a plea?”
The results are in and 92.2% of the respondents said NO, they would NOT have plead guilty had they known that the sex offender registration requirements would have been expanded to where they are today. That left 7.8% who said they still would have taken the plea.
The Supreme Court of the United States held that a guilty plea is valid only if done voluntarily, knowingly, and intelligently, ‘with sufficient awareness of the relevant circumstances and likely consequences.’” Bradshaw v. Stumpf, 545 U.S. 175, 183 (2005).
If certain consequences, such as residency restrictions, didn’t even exist at the time we took the plea, how could we have had “sufficient awareness” of them?