On January 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, Commonwealth v. Muniz. This past July, the PA Supreme Court had ruled in Muniz that SORNA (Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act) cannot be retroactively applied in some cases.
The PA Supreme Court reasoned that SORNA was punishment. Therefore, SORNA is unconstitutional when applied to people who committed sex offenses before SORNA became law in PA (December 20, 2012).
How does this affect a person’s ability to get off SORNA in Pennsylvania? Now that the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert, the holding in Muniz is the law in PA. Thus, the holding cannot be further challenged.
In light of the Muniz decision, Maynard Law Office, LLC has successfully removed clients from PA’s sex offender registry.
Clients Successfully Off PA’s SORNA
PA has changed Megan’s Law many times over the years. Importantly, some revisions to Megan’s Law changed the number of years that people must register.
Many people committed their offense before SORNA became law. As a result, clients have hired our firm to conduct a legal analysis to see if they can be removed from PA’s sex offender registry.
From Lifetime Registration to No Registration
First, one of our firm’s clients committed a sex offense in 1994 and was then convicted in 1995. Consequently, this client was subject to SORNA. He was told that he would have to register as a sex offender in PA for life. Ultimately, Maynard Law Office, LLC successfully removed our client from PA’s sex offender registry. Now, he does not have to register as a sex offender in PA. He was also taken off PA’s Sex Offender Internet Registry.
Relief from Fifteen-Year Registration
Next, another client was convicted of a sex offense in PA and was told that he had to register as a sex offender for 15 years. Again, Maynard Law Office, LLC successfully removed our client from Pennsylvania’s SORNA. Therefore, this client is off SORNA in PA. He no longer has to register as a sex offender in PA!
Current Bill in the PA General Assembly:
Lastly, right now there is a bill in the PA General Assembly that would put registrants who are not subject to SORNA back on PA’s Megan’s Law. The future of this bill is unknown, so it is vital to act now to protect your rights.
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Maynard Law Office, LLC comes up with new legal theories and aggressively fights for the rights of those convicted of sex offenses. The PA Supreme Court’s ruling in Muniz will affect the lives of hundreds of sex offenders in PA as more people may get off Megan’s Law in PA.
If you are on Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry, you should contact an attorney to see if the Muniz ruling affects you!