Failure to register can have negative consequences on your ability to get off Megan’s Law in the future. You should contact an experienced lawyer if you are charged with “Failure to Register.”
At Maynard Law Office, LLC, we have experience representing people charged with a variety of sex offenses. Our firm understands how to effectively defend someone against a charge of “Failure to Register.” Depending on the facts of the case, we attempt to get the charge dismissed, downgraded or resolved in some other manner that is favorable to you.
What does sex offender registration mean?
As part of Megan’s Law, convicted sex offenders must present themselves to the local police in the area where they live, work, or attend school. As a result of their conviction, sex offenders must give the police certain personal information. This may range from their home address to their email addresses.
A convicted sex offender must register following their conviction or release from custody.
Obligations to re-register or verify
Following initial registration, a registrant must:
- re-register whenever he or she changes address, employment, or school enrollment status. Failure to notify law enforcement of any of these changes is a third-degree crime
- verify his or her address with local law enforcement either annually or every 90 days depending on whether a court previously found the offense conduct to be “repetitive and compulsive.”
- Failure to verify address or providing false information to law enforcement is currently a third-degree crime.
Legal Defense We Can Provide
A Failure to Register conviction can affect your ability to get off Megan’s Law. Many prosecutors’ offices in New Jersey argue that these offenses reset the 15-year waiting period to get off Megan’s Law. However, some counties take the position that committing another offense prevents someone from ever getting off Megan’s Law. As a result, a conviction for failure to register may mean longer registration requirements, or in some cases, lifetime registration. For this reason, it is highly advisable to seek out a law firm that has robust experience handling Megan’s Law and sex offense cases.
Our law firm has extensive experience with individuals charged with a failure to register. Call us today at (973) 540-0054 for a free consultation!