I am often contacted by prospective clients regarding sexually related offenses and the potential collateral consequences from same, including Megan’s Law, Community Supervision for Life, and Parole Supervision for Life.
Megan’s Law is commonly known as sex offender registration. It provides that convicted sex offenders in New Jersey must register their address with the local police and in addition provide updates as to any changes in their address, employment, schooling, or other changes within their lives.
The sex offender registry law can be found in the New Jersey Code at 2C:7-1 to 21. Megan’s Law officially entered into force on October 31, 1994 and is applicable to any defendant convicted, adjudicated delinquent, or found not guilty by reason of insanity to any of the following criminal offenses or an attempt to commit any of the following offenses:
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact
- Kidnapping (where the victim is less than sixteen (16) years old)
- Endangering the Welfare of a Minor by Engaging in Sexual Contact with a Minor
- Endangering the Welfare of a Minor by knowingly receiving for the purpose of selling, knowingly sells, procures, manufactures, gives, provides etc. through any means (including the internet) any photos, films, videos, etc. which depict a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act
- Luring or Enticing a Minor
- Criminal Sexual Contact (if the victim is under the age of eighteen (18))
- Kidnapping (where the victim is under 18 and the offender is not the parent)
- Criminal Restraint (where the victim is under 18 and the offender is not the parent)
- False Imprisonment (where the victim is under 18 and the offender is not the parent)
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sexually related criminal offense in New Jersey, it is imperative that you hire an attorney who is experienced in handling sex crimes in New Jersey. These cases are extremely complex and the potential penalties as well as collateral consequences are often severe. Contact my office for a free initial consultation at (973)971-0030.