Those convicted of sex offenses in New Jersey must comply with the registration and community supervision requirements under Megan’s Law. They may also be subject to Community Supervision for Life (CSL) or Parole Supervision for Life (PSL). After a prison release, PSL is a special sentence imposed on sex offenders that were convicted for more serious offenses.
Those subject to CSL may be released from their sentence if they meet certain eligibility requirements. If an offender is subject to CSL, it is best to contact an experienced attorney who specializes in criminal defense to obtain legal counsel. A knowledgeable attorney will help the offender seek relief from Megan’s Law and CSL sentence obligations.
Megan’s Law Reporting Requirements
Megan’s Law is a set of laws that require public notifications of sex offenders’ presence in communities. Each state’s version of Megan’s Law differs to some extent. Generally, it is required that sex offenders register information about themselves and the nature of their crimes. The registry is available to the public.
In New Jersey, Megan’s Law dictates that sex offenders register at the local police registry and the internet registry, as well as follow community notification procedures. Various types of offenses require registration, including sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child through sexual contact.
Under the reporting requirements, sex offenders must provide personal information regarding their identity, place of employment, and home address. They must promptly report any change of address and verify their address annually or once every 90 days, depending on the circumstances of the case. Those who fail to comply with their reporting obligations may be convicted of a third-degree crime, which can include a five year prison sentence and a $15,000 fine.
CSL Sentence Conditions and Consequences of Violation
In addition to any criminal sentence that may be imposed, those convicted of certain types of more serious sex offenses may receive a special sentence of CSL. Those serving CSL must abide by the general requirements, such as reporting to an assigned parole officer, refraining from owning or possessing a firearm, complying with random drug testing, and other obligations. Additionally, offenders serving CSL will be supervised by the Division of Parole and will be subject to any conditions deemed appropriate by the panel.
Offenders who violate a condition of their CSL sentence may be found guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, which can result in 18 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If you have any reporting requirements, an attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations under the law so that you remain in compliance with your sentence.
Who Is Eligible for Release from a CSL Sentence?
CSL is not always a lifetime sentence, some offenders may qualify for release. In New Jersey, an application to the Superior Court may be made to terminate an offender’s obligations under Megan’s Law or a CSL sentence. This applies if an offender has not committed an offense within 15 years following their conviction or release and if the offender does not pose a threat to society.
The burden of proof rests with the applicant. Motions for removal must be supported by clear and convincing evidence that shows that the offender is not a threat to others, including proof of stable employment, counseling, community support, and an evaluation by a mental health professional. Those who are deemed to have violated any conditions of their sentence will not be allowed to terminate their supervision status.
South Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers at Aita Law, LLC Help with Megan’s Law and CSL Sentences
If you have been subjected to Megan’s Law or a CSL sentence for at least 15 years, you may be eligible for release. Contact one of our South Jersey criminal defense lawyers at Aita Law, LLC to discuss your legal options. Our skilled attorneys will present the best case possible to get you released from Megan’s Law or CSL. For more information or if you wish to schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 856-287-7800. Located in Haddonfield and Marlton, New Jersey, we represent clients in Cherry Hill, Camden County, and throughout South Jersey.
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