Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Morris County New Jersey
Morristown Megan’s Law Defense Attorneys
If you have been placed on Megan’s Law or parole supervision for life and failure to register with the police department and comply with the requirements of same, you will be charged with a criminal offense for failure to register as a sex offender.
The Tormey Law Firm is a team of experienced Morris County criminal defense attorneys with extensive experience representing clients charged with sex crimes, including criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated sexual assault. We’ve successfully defended clients facing sex-related charges in Morristown, Dover, Denville, Parsippany, and Roxbury.
Our firm’s founding partner, Travis J. Tormey, has extensive experience handling sex crimes and has even been featured in the Asbury Park Press as a respected legal resource on Megan’s Law. During his time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Tormey worked with the sex crimes unit on federal prosecutions. Moreover, Mr. Tormey was recently successful in having a wrongfully accused sex offender exonerated in the Ocean County Superior Court after more than a decade. Further, Mr. Tormey has been successful numerous times in having individuals removed from Megan’s Law registration requirements.
If you or a loved one has been charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender or another sex-related offense in New Jersey, contact the Tormey Law Firm today for a free consultation. You can call us at 908-336-5008 or toll-free at 866-949-6948, or you can use our online contact form.
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in New Jersey
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 a very serious 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.
What is Considered a Sex Offense in New Jersey?
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 Penalties 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.
Contact a Hanover Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Lawyer for Answers
Travis J. 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. If you or a loved one has been charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender or another sex-related offense in New Jersey, contact the Tormey Law Firm today for a free consultation. You can call us at 201-355-5385 or toll-free at 866-949-6948, or you can simply use our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation appointment.