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Megan's Law

Megan’s Law Do's and Don'ts

Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life (CSL) are a list of registered sex offenders made public that became New Jersey state law in October 31, 1994, federal law in 1996 and international law in 2016.

Under New Jersey law, “Megan’s Law” provides that certain sex offenders must place their names on an internet registry. Based on your classification, the registry grants public access to information regarding you and your past offense. For those registrants receiving the highest classifications, the registry will list their name, address, a description of their past offense and personal details such as birth date, height, weight and hair color.

If you are facing criminal charges that could place your name on the Megan’s Law registry, Monmouth County Megan’s Law attorney Tara Breslow-Testa is the first person you should talk to. Born, bred and educated (JD Rutgers) in New Jersey, Tara Breslow-Testa has experience on both sides of the bench and both sides of the aisle: Clerking for the Honorable Donald J. Volkert, Jr., serving as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in Union County and then trial court in Monmouth County.

Now in private practice, Tara Breslow-Testa has wide experience handling the kinds of sex crimes that make a person eligible for Megan’s Law. Tara Breslow-Testa understands the consequences of Megan’s Law and is prepared to stand up to aggressive prosecutors and hard-nosed judges and do all she can to keep your name off the Megan’s Law list.

For a free consultation, contact Tara Breslow-Testa at (732) 784-2880.

Who is Subject to Megan’s Law?

Paraphrasing New Jersey statutes the persons subject to Megan’s Laws are those who have been convicted, adjudicated delinquent or found not guilty by reason of insanity for commission of sex offenses which includes aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact or kidnapping, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, knowingly promoting prostitution of a child, the creation, exhibition or distribution of a photograph depicting nudity of juveniles through the use of an electronic communications device, an interactive wireless communications device, or a computer;

Megan’s Law has many rules for how and when a person convicted of any of the above sex crimes should register for the list - failing to do so is a Third Degree crime.

Fifteen Year Minimum

Section N.J.S.A 2C:7-2(f) of the Megan’s Law statute states: “a person required to register under this act may make application to the Superior Court of this State to terminate the obligation upon proof that the person has not committed an offense within 15 years following conviction or release from a correctional facility for any term of imprisonment imposed, whichever is later, and is not likely to pose a threat to the safety of others.”

After 15 years it is possible to have your name expunged from Megan’s Law, but that is expensive and time consuming and it’s better not to get on the list at all. Serving Monmouth County, Tara Breslow-Testa is a Megan’s Law attorney who you want by your side when facing the prospect of being registered as a sex offender for 15 years.

How to Avoid Megan’s Law

If you’ve been convicted of a sex offense, found delinquent or found not guilty by reason of insanity of a sex offense, you must register. You will then be evaluated and classified as low, moderate or high risk of re-offense. Before final classification occurs, New Jersey law entitles you to a hearing.

Tara Breslow-Testa is a Monmouth County Megan’s Law attorney who has helped numerous individuals throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and Union County determine if they must place their name on the registry. She has represented numerous registrants at hearings, arguing for just classifications in order to help maintain privacy and dignity. She has also worked tirelessly to protect individual’s rights once their name is on the registry.who can help you avoid Megan’s Law. She has facilitated the dismissal of charges, where the particular facts and circumstances warranted such a result. In addition, Ms. Breslow has had tremendous success in obtaining alternative resolutions for several of her clients. If there is a way to avoid Megan’s Law, Ms. Breslow-Testa will not rest until she can obtain such result.

How Is Megan Law’s Information Used?

Megan’s law was designed to enhance public safety. It is designed to inform and educate the public about sex offenders.

The list is not intended to threaten, intimidate or harass others. Information disclosed on the sex offender registry cannot be used to deny:

  • Health insurance
  • Insurance
  • Loans
  • Credit
  • Education, scholarships, or fellowships;
  • Benefits, privileges, or services provided by any business establishment, unless for a purpose consistent with the enhancement of public safety; or
  • Housing or accommodations.
Better Call Tara

Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life (CSL) are lists that no one wants to be on - as they have immediate and lifelong repercussions. If you have been accused of a sex crime that is covered under Megan’s Law, Monmouth County Megan’s Law lawyer Tara Breslow-Testa is there to assist you.

For a free consultation, contact Tara Breslow-Testa at (732) 784-2880.

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