Passaic Megan’s Law Removal Lawyers
Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys Help with Megan’s Law Removal in New Jersey
A sex crime conviction can result in significant prison time, as well as a social stigma that could follow you for the rest of your life. That’s because NJ law imposes Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements that could destroy your reputation and negatively affect your personal relationships going forward.
You may find that being forced to register as a sex offender makes it impossible for you to face your loved ones, maintain employment or even go outside your home. In the technology age, practically anyone can use the Internet to access your criminal record after you are convicted of a sex offense. Whether you were wrongly accused of a sex crime like sexual assault or you simply made a mistake, you should not be persecuted after you have paid your debt to society.
A skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to help you with your Megan’s Law restrictions and move on with your life. Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC is a team of experienced lawyers who have successfully represented criminal defendants throughout Union County, Somerset County and Essex County, NJ, including Elizabeth, Hillsborough and Bloomfield. If you have been convicted of a sexual offense in New Jersey and are now subject to Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements, you should call us today to go over your legal options.
Megan’s Law Sex Offender Registration in Union, Somerset and Essex Counties
The State of New Jersey requires anyone who has been convicted of a serious sex offense to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law. Whether you were convicted of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, aggravated criminal sexual contact or endangering the welfare of a child, you may be subject to Megan’s Law requirements.
The legal process under Megan’s Law is fairly straightforward. After you have served your sentence and are released from custody, you will be required to register as a sex offender with your local police department, as well as the NJ Department of Corrections, the NJ Department of Human Services or the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, depending on the circumstances of your conviction. As part of this registration process, your photograph will be posted on an online database and distributed to your neighbors by the local police department. Additionally, your ability to travel and move freely will be limited because you will be required to notify law enforcement of any change in your address, employment or school enrollment status.
Serious Consequences of Being Labeled a “Sex Offender” in NJ
If you are labeled a “sex offender” on the state police’s online database, your criminal record will be accessible by anyone with a computer. Even simple searches for your name online will probably turn up your sex crime conviction. Beyond that, your photo will be posted online for anyone to see. All of this can make it incredibly difficult for you to move on with your life because potential employers are likely to perform background checks before hiring you. Beyond that, you may find it tough to find quality housing options or even to secure credit approval for loans. Perhaps worst of all, you may lose custody of your children if you are labeled a sex offender because your contact with children will be limited under Megan’s Law.
If you fail to register as a sex offender under the terms of the statute, you can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by a sentence of three to five years in New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, a violation of Megan’s Law registration requirements could constitute a parole violation if you are already on parole for another criminal offense.
Legal Process for Removal from Megan’s Law Under N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2(f)
Once 15 years have elapsed since the date of your sex crime conviction or your release from prison, whichever date is later, you may be eligible to file a petition with the New Jersey State Superior Court and apply for removal from Megan’s Law. You will want a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer representing you throughout the process, helping you file the necessary forms and arguing on your behalf at any legal hearings. In order to secure approval for your application to be removed from Megan’s Law, you will need to show that you have maintained a clean record and avoided any criminal convictions since the original conviction. Additionally, your attorney will need to argue that you are not likely to pose a threat to the safety of others, which generally means presenting evidence of good character, steady employment and a general commitment to being a contributing and valuable member of the community.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Experienced Megan’s Law Removal Lawyers in Elizabeth, Hillsborough and Bloomfield, NJ
Don’t let one bad decision in your past ruin your entire future. If you have been convicted of a sex offense in New Jersey, you need to speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney and explore your options for getting removed from the Megan’s Law sex registry. Contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC today to discuss possible legal strategy and schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Scotch Plains, Morristown, East Brunswick, Cherry Hill, Clifton or Newark.