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Re-Tiering a Megan's Law Ruling

With Joel Bacher, Esq., leading the defense, Mr. Bacher successfully argued the re-tiering of his client from Tier II to Tier I status in a Bergen County, New Jersey Superior Court. Why is this re-tiering important? In general, in states applying risk-based sex registry schemes, low-risk (Tier I) offenders are often excluded from public disclosure. In some states only the highest risk (Tier III) offenders are subject to public disclosure, while some states, including NJ, also include moderate-risk (Tier II) offenders in public websites. Determining the Tier level, and whether or not a person would be subject to public disclosure when relocating to another state, might be close to impossible to tell without consulting an attorney and/or officials responsible for managing registration in the destination state, due to constantly changing laws and vagueness in some states legislative language. A call to my office can help determine if you or someone you know has been placed incorrectly or unfairly in a Tier in which they do not belong, and could expect some relief in a re-tiering ruling. 


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