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When convicted of certain sex crimes, the punishment can continue for more than a decade after you have successfully completed your court-ordered punishment. But that punishment does not have to last forever. Megan’s Law removal is possible if you satisfy certain criteria.
At Team Law, our lawyers take a close look at your file and your behavior over the past 15 years. We have the experience that it takes to know what courts look for in granting an application for Megan’s Law removal. Our lawyers have fought to protect the rights of thousands of clients across New Jersey over the past 60 years.
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Our lawyers understand how important it is to put past mistakes behind you. If you are exploring options for Megan’s Law removal, you have likely been dealing with the stigma for years if not more than a decade. We want our potential clients to rest assured that we are here to help—not to judge you for your past mistakes. Every client who walks through our doors is treated with respect and compassion.
When you choose Team Law, your fight becomes our fight. To speak with an experienced Megan’s Law removal lawyer and learn more about your legal rights, contact our office for a free initial consultation today.
As you likely already know, Megan’s Law is a far-reaching law that requires you to maintain contact with law enforcement. You are required to register with local law enforcement each time you move. Local community organizations may be notified of your status as a sex offender. In some cases, you might be entirely prohibited from living in certain areas.
This is an ongoing punishment, but it does not have to last forever. Megan’s Law removal is never automatic—and you need a strong lawyer by your side to demonstrate that you no longer pose a threat to society. These cases are highly subjective. Our lawyers will work to gather evidence about your past to persuade a judge that removal from the sex offender registry is appropriate.
That information might include:
N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2 provides the rules that allow a required registrant to move for Megan’s Law removal. For removal, most applicants are required to prove that 15 years have passed without any subsequent offenses (of any kind). The 15-year clock begins to run once you have been released from incarceration.
Even if 15 years have not yet passed since you were released from incarceration, you might have options to reduce the burden of the sex offender registration requirements. As you may already know, Megan’s Law registration rules vary according to a tier schedule. Tier 3 offenders are considered to present a high risk of recidivism, while Tier 1 offenders pose the lowest risk. Accordingly, the registration rules for Tier 3 offenders are the most burdensome.
Sex offender registration for Tier 2 and Tier 3 offenders is made available to the general public. That means any neighbor or co-worker can search a public database and find information about your conviction, as well as where you live, what type of vehicle you drive and more.
At Team Law, our lawyers may move for a tier reduction even if you have not yet reached the 15-year threshold. Keeping your past private can offer a near-term solution in some cases. Similar to Megan’s Law removal, we will work to show that you no longer pose a risk to society and that you are taking positive steps to improve your life.
Regardless of the amount of time that has passed since you completed your punishment after a sex crime conviction, speaking with a lawyer is important. We can work with you even before you become eligible for Megan’s Law removal to help you understand your rights and obligations. When the time comes to petition for outright removal, our lawyers at Team Law will be by your side to present the strongest possible case on your behalf. Call or contact us online today for a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
Yes, if you were convicted of some of the most serious sex crimes, you may not be eligible for Megan’s Law removal even after 15 years have passed. Although laws change over time, aggravated sexual assault is one example of a conviction that would render you ineligible for removal under current law. However, there are exceptions to every rule. Speaking with an experienced Megan’s Law removal lawyer is your best option for learning about your rights.
Our lawyers work carefully to create a full picture of your life and experiences over the past 15 years. In many cases, we will work with experts—those who specialize in Megan’s Law removal cases, as well as others if necessary. A report from an expert stating that you are unlikely to pose a threat to society can be critical to obtaining removal. We also prepare documentation that demonstrates how you have lived your life in accordance with the letter of the law and learned from your mistakes.
No. To be eligible for Megan’s Law removal, you must have no offenses within the 15-year period. Even out-of-state offenses render you ineligible. Despite this general rule, call our office to discuss your specific circumstances. We may be able to help even if you have yet to reach 15 years with a clean record.
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