As a Megan’s Law Defense Attorney I Vigorously Help Re-Tier or Terminate Supervision for Those Eligible for Sex Registry Relief. Call for a Free Consultation to Discuss How to Get the Sex Registry Relief You Need.
If you are reading this it is likely that you or someone you love needs legal advice on how to lower a Megan’s Law Tier or want to ask the Court to Discharge you from being required to register.
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 Court will use a risk assessment to determine the appropriate level of registration they think you should have. You can oppose a high tier by building a basis to show the Court that you are a lower risk. You need to fight being placed into a high tier by preparing a defense for you to be placed into the lowest level possible.
If you are being placed into a Tier and required to register as a Registered Sex Offender, or if you have failed to register as a sex offender, contact Bailey & Toraya, LLP at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation to discuss how to support your application to being placed into a low tier, or how to defend your failure to register.
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 we 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.