Understanding The Consequences Of Megan’s Law And Lifetime Parole Supervision (LPS)

I founded The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen after serving as a prosecutor because I am passionate about protecting the rights and freedoms of overzealous prosecutors and those who have been wrongly accused. Convictions for sex crimes can have lasting effects beyond a defendant’s fines and jail time. Sex offender registration requirements under Megan’s Law and Lifetime Parole Supervision (LPS) can keep convicted felons indebted for the rest of their lives. If you have been charged with a sex crime, you need a criminal defense attorney who can keep this from happening. With decades of experience in the criminal justice system, I can help.

Lifetime Consequences With Sex Offender Registration

One of the worst consequences of a felony sex crime conviction in New Jersey is the imposition of Megan’s Law and its sex offender registration requirements. Megan’s Law is meant to protect the public from convicted sex offenders who are at risk of reoffending, but the reality is that Megan’s Law often winds up punishing people who have already paid their debt to society and who do not actually pose a threat to the public. Worse yet, some New Jersey sex offenses can subject a convicted defendant to lifetime parole supervision. This means that your movements will be restricted, your job opportunities will be limited, and your arrest and conviction history will be viewable by anyone with access to a computer.

Megan’s Law Requirements In New Jersey

If you are convicted of certain serious sex crimes in New Jersey, you will likely be required to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s law. The registration process typically involves filling out necessary forms and paperwork at least once per year. (Violent sex crime offenders may have to register every 90 days.) In addition to registering with the state database for sex offenders, you will also have your name placed on a national sex offender registry as part of Megan’s law community notification requirement. The personal information on the registry may be passed out to your neighbors and coworkers. Perhaps worst of all, information about your sex offender status will be available to anyone with access to a computer – that’s because the New Jersey state police will also put your criminal record on the internet.

Parole Supervision For Life

Additionally, Megan’s Law imposes parole supervision for life, which means that a convicted offender will have the terms and conditions of parole, including an assigned parole officer, for the rest of the offender’s life. A convicted offender subject to PSL could also potentially be required to wear a monitoring device that tracks every movement. At the very least, after 15 years, the court may grant a request to release a convicted offender from parole supervision. In other words, any convicted sex offender must not commit any other crimes in the future, or they could immediately end up back in jail, serving an extended sentence in prison. 

Motions To Terminate Megan’s Law And Parole Supervision For Life

I have experience in filing motions to terminate Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life. If 10 years have passed without any further involvement with the New Jersey criminal justice system, the strict conditions of Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life can often be reconsidered. Freeing yourself from the strict provisions imposed could potentially greatly impact the quality of your life. Your career options may change and your contact with children and adults may be restored. I am a well-respected criminal defense attorney in the legal community in South Jersey. If anyone can get your Megan’s Law and parole supervision lifted, it’s me.

An Experienced Sex Crimes Attorney Is Your Best Defense Against Long-Term Consequences In New Jersey

Do not risk your freedom and future. I have successfully represented clients facing charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and other sex crimes. I have a full understanding of Megan’s Law and can explain how it may apply in your situation. I understand the stress and concern you may be experiencing. I work to alleviate those fears by answering all of your questions, explaining every part of the criminal justice proceeding and most importantly, defending your rights in court.

Call Today To Schedule Your Free Case Assessment

The bottom line is that Megan’s Law has strict requirements that could make your life extremely difficult for many years ahead. In addition to the social costs of being forced to announce to the world that you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you will also be subject to severe penalties if you fail to register as a sex offender. To learn more, and to schedule your free consultation, call my Haddonfield office at 856-754-5501 or contact me online.