Tough-Minded Criminal Defense For Megan’s Law Registration
Megan’s Law is the common name given for laws that require authorities to make public knowledge the name and residence of convicted sex offenders who have harmed children. However, because the positive effects of this public knowledge are questionable, the laws are often challenged by those who feel their convictions have mitigating circumstances that should relax the ferocious grip the current law assesses them.
In addition to pedophile labeling, the families of registered sex offenders oftentimes unfairly feel the weight of the charge as well. Additionally, Megan’s Law has not produced conclusive evidence of its effectiveness in shielding society from repeat child sex abusers. Many of those on its rolls could be there unfairly, if not unconstitutionally.
How Your Tier On The Sex Registry Could Be Changed
In a recent case, defense attorney Joel Bacher successfully argued the retiering of his client from tier two to tier one status in a Bergen County, New Jersey, Superior Court.
Why Is This Retiering Important?
In general, in states applying risk-based sex registry schemes, low-risk (tier one) offenders are often excluded from public disclosure. In some states, only the highest risk (tier three) offenders are subject to public disclosure, while some states, including New Jersey, also include moderate-risk (tier two) 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 our 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.
Don’t Allow Yourself To Be Unfairly Marked As A Pedophile
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a sex crime against a child (considered a person under the age of consent, which is 18) and are in position to be branded as a pedophile subject to Megan’s Law terms, or has been convicted and is currently considered a pedophile under Megan’s Law, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for representation and counsel on seeking restrictions that may not be as severe.
With over 40 years of litigation experience, The Law Offices of Joel M. Bacher can help you find a second chance. We offer free initial consultations and a 24/7 call center.
Call Today To Get Started
For strong criminal defense services in Wayne, Paterson, Passaic County and all of New Jersey, contact Joel Bacher at The Law Offices of Joel M. Bacher for a free consultation. Call us at 877-217-6903 or send an inquiry by email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.