One of the worst consequences of a felony sex crime conviction in New Jersey is the imposition of Megan’s Law 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 pose no threat whatsoever to the public. Worse yet, some NJ 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 & conviction history will be viewable by anyone with access to a computer.
Do not risk your freedom. If you’ve been charged with a sexual offense in New Jersey, you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. NJ criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has successfully represented clients facing charges of sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and other sex crimes in Pennsauken, Gloucester Township, Camden, Cherry Hill, Hammonton, and elsewhere in South Jersey. Contact Attorney Cohen now to start your defense.
If you are convicted of certain serious sex crimes in NJ, 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 a 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 NJ State Police will also put your criminal record on the Internet.
Additionally, Megan’s Law imposes parole supervision for life, which means that the convicted offender will need to avoid committing another crime in the future. A violation of this parole requirement could result in the offender being sentenced to an extended term of imprisonment. Moreover, even if you do not violate the terms of your parole, you could potentially be required to wear a monitoring device that tracks your movements.
Attorney Cohen is experienced in filing motions to terminate Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life. If 10 years have passed without any further contacts in the NJ criminal justice system, the strict conditions of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for life can often be avoided. Doing away with these strict provisions will change your life. Your careers may change and your contacts with children and adults may be restored. Ms. Cohen has a great relationship with all of the Judges in South Jersey; if anyone can get your Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision lifted, it’s Attorney Cohen.
Many minor criminal offenses are handled as serious matters. Juveniles may very well avoid the convictions and consequences of serious sex crimes in New Jersey. Ms. Cohen pays special attention to each client and minimizes the effects of a juvenile adjudication of sex crimes.
If you have been adjudicated delinquent in a Superior Court, you may want to get your record expunged and file a motion to terminate Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life. Ms. Cohen tries matters in family courts throughout South Jersey and negotiates the best outcome possible for her clients.
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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. That’s why you need to do everything possible to avoid being convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey. Contact NJ Megan’s Law attorney Jill Cohen today to start your defense.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.