Megan’s Law Attorney State of New Jersey
Child sex offenders have rights under the Constitution. It is my job to vigorously defend your right to a fair trial, and to provide aggressive, skillful and powerful representation for you against the charges you face. That is my job. That is what I promise to do.
If you are here, chances are it’s because you or someone you know or love may need legal advice on a Megan’s Law charge or ruling. The distress and worry you are experiencing can be difficult to contain. But let me remind you that you have rights, and I will defend your rights ’til the end should you decide to retain me as counsel. Call me right now; there’s no charge for the consultation. If I don’t pick up, I will be back to you shortly. It’s quite possible I can give you advice right away on any sex crime charge you are facing.
Conviction for certain sex-related crimes requires that you register under Megan’s Law as a sex offender with the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry. The restrictions you will be placed under, such as where you can live, will depend on which of the three ‘Tiers’ you are placed into. The State and the Court will do an analysis of several different factors, and based on that calculation they will want to place you into what they think is the appropriate level of registration. Fight being placed into a high tier, by preparing a defense for you to be placed into the lowest level possible.
If you are required to register as a Registered Sex Offender, or if you have failed to register as a sex offender, contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation to discuss how to support being re-tiered and placed into a low Tier.
How Does Megan’s Law Affect Me?
Megan’s Law’s risk assessment phase places an offender into one of three levels (Tiers). The tier you are placed into will determine the extent of, and who, is made aware of you being in the neighborhood. The lower the tier, the fewer people will know of your criminal record.
- Tier One – Only the police are notified.
- Tier Two – Typically only the police and the schools are notified.
- Tier Three – The police, schools and the community are notified.
Challenging a Tier Placement
The ‘Registrant Risk Assessment Scale’ calculates your ‘risk of re-offense’ based on an analysis of factors. In a recent case Howard Bailey successfully lowered a Tier 2 Client to Tier 1, by arguing that even though the client was numerically a 2, all of the mitigating factors and a Risk Assessment Analysis done by a defense psychologist all mitigated towards placement as a Tier 1. The prosecutor concurred and the Court placed the client into Tier 1.
Getting Off the Sex Offender Registry
If you have not been arrested during the 15-year period following your initial registration, and if you can convince the Judge that you are not a danger to the community or a risk to reoffend, the Judge can issue an Order removing your registration requirement. If you have questions about risk assessment and whether you are eligible for this type of relief, call Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.