A conviction of a sex crime leads to harsh penalties, which can include monitoring for life. The reporting requirements contained in Megan's Law are intended to protect children by permitting families to know of any sexually violent predators residing in their neighborhoods. There is no question that crime protection is a worthwhile pursuit, but the rights of the accused individual must also be protected.
Serious Representation When You Have Serious Legal Problems
At the Altoona law office of Masorti & Donaldson, P.C., we provide sex crime defense against child molestation and other sex offenses, as well as representation for Megan's Law issues. The best way to protect yourself against Megan's Law is to seek aggressive sex crime criminal defense to defeat the charges against you. We have decades of experience providing federal criminal defense for crimes ranging from rape to public indecency in central Pennsylvania and will do everything possible for your case to reduce any potential damage.
Sexually Violent Predators and Megan's Law
If you have already been convicted, our lawyers are highly skilled at handling complex cases and have helped clients facing hearings at the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB). We will ensure that your rights are protected as a determination is made whether or not to classify you as a sexually violent predator. The designation of a sexually violent predator requires life-long reporting. At four times during every year, you will be forced to register your personal address and place of employment. In addition, if you move, you must report your new address to the police within 48 hours of relocating. This requirement is for a move anywhere within Pennsylvania or outside of the state.
Sexually Offenders and Megan's Law
A conviction that leads to a designation as a sexually offender leads to slightly different penalties. While the reporting requirements are similar, they only last for a 10-year period rather than for life. Also, your community will not receive active reports about your presence.
Contact Our Attorneys for Megan's Law Issues
If you are facing sexual offender charges or have already been convicted and need to understand Megan's Law requirements contact us to learn your legal options. Call 814-317-0011 or 877-233-3148 toll free or send an e-mail to schedule a free consultation.