Bergen County Megan's Law Defense Attorneys
These days, almost everyone knows what Megan's Law is. Megan's Law sparked the creation in almost every state of a publicly accessible sex offenders registry database. New Jersey is no exception. The original idea of the sex offender registry was to protect children and their families by providing information about sex offenders released from prison or jail, so that families could be on alert.
The severity with which New Jersey's sex offender registry law treats convicted sex offenders — even people convicted of minor crimes — is often more shocking to our clients than the other penalties associated with a sex crimes conviction.
At the Bergen County criminal defense law firm of Brickfield & Donahue, we find that many of our clients are more worried about appearing on the sex offender registry than they are about paying fines or doing time in jail. They have good reason to worry. Conviction for a crime that requires registration with the sex offender registry can:
- Severely restrict a person's freedom to live where he or she chooses
- Limit job opportunities, because in certain types of cases any member of the public, including potential employers, can access the registry
- Make a person vulnerable to harassment by neighbors who discover the person's name on the registry
A Lifetime Listing on the Sex Offender Registry? All New Jersey sex offenders subject to Megan's Law must register for the rest of their lives. Sex offenders may ask for removal from the sex offender registry if they committed only one offense, have not committed another offense for 15 years, and prove that they are unlikely to threaten the safety of others. Certain types of sex offenders, including those convicted of aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault involving the use of force, may also be permanently barred from removal from the sex offender registry. Juvenile offenders may ask the court to be removed from the sex offender registry if they were under the age of 14 at the time of the offense but are now over the age of 18.
At Brickfield & Donahue, we take the defense of sex crimes very seriously, and we are aggressive advocates for our clients' rights — not only in the criminal proceedings against them but also in challenging the level of risk (tiering) assigned to the individual.
As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we know to build strong defenses on behalf of our clients, whether the crime involves sexual assault, assault or molestation of a child, Internet solicitation of a minor or possession of child pornography — all of which require registration with the New Jersey sex offender registry upon conviction.
Don't Let Embarrassment or Shame Keep You From Learning Your Legal Options
At Brickfield & Donahue, you will find a compassionate atmosphere where our lawyers and staff respect your privacy and protect your rights using every means at our disposal.
If you are facing sex crimes charges that could result in required registration on the New Jersey sex offender registry, contact us today to talk with one of our experience criminal defense lawyers. To make an appointment, call 201-488-7707 or contact us online.