Megan's Law in New Jersey

New Jersey Megan's Law Criminal Lawyers

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with sex offenses including aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and failure to register as a sex offender throughout New Jersey including in Freehold, Toms River, New Brunswick, and Morristown. Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers for a free initial consultation at (877) 450-8301

Megan’s Law in New Jersey Sex Crime Cases

Megan’s Law was passed in October of 1994 and applies if a defendant is convicted of certain sexual-related offenses. This is often referred to as “sex offender registration.” If a defendant is convicted of a sex offense in New Jersey, the “registrant” will be required to register under Megan’s Law which requires them to report to local police and may include notification to local schools near the registrant’s home and place of business. As you can see, this is a very difficult and traumatic experience for the registrant and their families. Typically, Megan’s Law registration will be required if a defendant is convicted of any of the following offenses:

  • Criminal Sexual Contact (with a minor)
  • Kidnapping (of a minor and the individual is not a parent)
  • Criminal Restraint (of a minor and the individual is not a parent)
  • False Imprisonment (of a minor and the individual is not a parent)

Termination of Megan’s Law Registration Requirements

If you have been convicted of a sexual-related offense in New Jersey and are required to register under Megan’s Law, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys can file a motion to be removed from Megan’s Law registration requirements and/or community supervision for life if certain conditions are met. If you have been on Megan’s Law for fifteen (15) years and you have had no other convictions during this period, our lawyers can file a motion to be removed from Megan’s Law. Please contact our office for immediate assistance at (877) 450-8301. We will walk you through the process and file a motion in the Superior Court in the county in which you reside (and are registered).

Megan’s Law Tier Classification Appeal

If you are required to register under Megan’s Law, you will be classified in one of three tiers. Tier I is a low risk offender. Tier II is a moderate risk offender. Tier III is a high risk offender. The County Prosecutor’s Office will classify the registrant and apply points based on certain factors. Our criminal defense lawyers can file an appeal if there are errors in the State’s classification. After the appeal is filed, our attorneys will represent you during the tier classification hearing before a Superior Court Judge in the County in which you are registered. There are different notification requirements depending on what tier the registrant is classified in (i.e. local schools, day care centers, etc.). For additional information, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall for help. The initial consultation is always free of charge at (877) 450-8301.