Paramus NJ Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Defense Attorneys
Megan’s Law Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys in Bergen County, New Jersey
Individuals convicted of certain felony sex crimes in NJ are required to register as sex offenders in accordance with Megan’s Law. Failure to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law for any reason is a felony and is punishable by a new criminal charge that carries up to 5 years of imprisonment. If you have been charged with a crime for failing to register or comply with sex offender requirements in Bergen County, talk to a criminal and sex crimes defense lawyer at our Hackensack office about your case. An attorney on our team is available immediately to discuss what happens next in the legal process and the best ways to protect your interests. We offer free consultations 24/7 by calling (201)-330-4979.
Aggressive Lawyers for Sex Crimes and Megan’s Law Violations with Offices in Hackensack
The Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, New Jersey is a criminal defense team with lawyers who understand how sex crime accusations are made and how to defend against these allegations. Founding attorney Travis J. Tormey has established a strong reputation throughout the state, in part through his impressive work defending individuals against a wide variety of sex charges, including endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated sexual assault, and luring.
For example, Mr. Tormey was recently successful in having a wrongfully accused sex offender exonerated in the Ocean County Superior Court after more than a decade. He has also been successful numerous times in having individuals removed from Megan’s Law registration requirements. In addition, during his time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Tormey worked with the sex crimes unit on federal prosecutions. Due to his impressive experience, Mr. Tormey is considered an authority in this area and has been featured in the Asbury Park Press as a legal resource on sex crimes and Megan’s Law in New Jersey.
At The Tormey Law Firm, regularly representing clients in towns such as Paramus, Ridgefield Park, and East Rutherford and concentrating solely on criminal defense provides us with a unique and powerful edge, which we use to benefit our clients every day. With offices conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, one of our attorneys is always available immediately to provide you with a free consultation. Contact us at (201)-330-4979 to learn more about the charges and penalties you may be facing. Understanding the nature of the charges against you is truly the first step to achieving a positive outcome.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2
Megan’s Law is commonly known as sex offender registration. It requires convicted sex offenders in New Jersey to register their address with the local police and to provide updates about any changes in their address, employment, or schooling.
Failure to register as a sex offender is now a criminal offense in New Jersey. The crime is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2, which provides, in pertinent part:
§ 2C:7-2. Registration of sex offenders; definition; requirements; penalties
a. (1) A person who has been convicted, adjudicated delinquent or found not guilty by reason of insanity for commission of a sex offense as defined in subsection b. of this section shall register as provided in subsections c. and d. of this section.
(2) A person who in another jurisdiction is required to register as a sex offender and
(a) is enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in any public or private educational institution in this State, including any secondary school, trade or professional institution, institution of higher education or other post-secondary school, or
(b) is employed or carries on a vocation in this State, on either a full-time or a part-time basis, with or without compensation, for more than 14 consecutive days or for an aggregate period exceeding 30 days in a calendar year, shall register in this State as provided in subsections c. and d. of this section.
(3) A person who fails to register as required under this act shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.
b. For the purposes of this act a sex offense shall include the following:
(1) Aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, kidnapping pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection c. of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1 or an attempt to commit any of these crimes if the court found that the offender’s conduct was characterized by a pattern of repetitive, compulsive behavior, regardless of the date of the commission of the offense or the date of conviction;
(2) A conviction, adjudication of delinquency, or acquittal by reason of insanity for aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault; aggravated criminal sexual contact; kidnapping pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection c. of N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1; endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of the child pursuant to subsection a. of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4; endangering the welfare of a child pursuant to paragraph (3) or (4) or subparagraph (a) of paragraph (5) of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4; luring or enticing pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1993, c.291; criminal sexual contact pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3 b. if the victim is a minor; kidnapping pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1, criminal restraint pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:13-2, or false imprisonment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:13-3 if the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim; knowingly promoting prostitution of a child pursuant to paragraph (3) or paragraph (4) of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:34-1; or an attempt to commit any of these enumerated offenses if the conviction, adjudication of delinquency or acquittal by reason of insanity is entered on or after the effective date [Oct. 31, 1994] of this act or the offender is serving a sentence of incarceration, probation, parole or other form of community supervision as a result of the offense or is confined following acquittal by reason of insanity or as a result of civil commitment on the effective date [Oct. 31, 1994] of this act;
(3) A conviction, adjudication of delinquency or acquittal by reason of insanity for an offense similar to any offense enumerated in paragraph (2) or a sentence on the basis of criteria similar to the criteria set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection entered or imposed under the laws of the United States, this State or another state.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender: A Third Degree Crime in New Jersey
Failure to register under Megan’s Law is a third degree criminal offense in New Jersey. Third degree offenses can result in between three (3) and five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison if convicted. As such, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer for help. Travis Tormey has been recognized as a legal authority on Megan’s Law and has years of experience representing countless clients charged with sex crimes in New Jersey. Contact our Hackensack offices anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation.