Peele v. State, No. 19- CR-1775 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020)
Nature of Case: Appellant, who had been convicted of a sex offense, filed a petition to be removed from the Indiana registry in the criminal case. The state opposed, contending that the court was without jurisdiction to hear the matter. The trial court agreed, dismissing the petition and Appellant sought review.
Holding: Indiana Court of Appeals reversed, finding that Indiana statutory and caselaw provided that individuals seeking relief from registration requirements could either file a petition in the criminal case or bring a separate civil action. Because the Appellant fell within one of those categories, the trial court erroneously dismissed the petition.