Megan’s Law

Megan’s Law is the blanket term for a law that requires state officials to make information publicly available regarding sex offenders. Megan’s Law provides two major services: sex offender registration and community notification. Often, convicted sex offenders must register in a database that includes the offender’s name, picture, address, incarceration date, and nature of the crime. The information may be distributed in the form of public records, pamphlets, or online databases. Megan’s Law also requires convicted sex offenders to notify local governmental authorities in case of a change of address.

The reception of Megan’s Law has been mixed. While some individuals claim the law is essential to keeping children safe and discouraging repeat offenses, studies have shown that Megan’s law has little influence over reducing future sexual offenses.

Additionally, some argue that the public exposure required by Megan’s Law is unfair, as those convicted of sex crimes pay their penalties by serving out court-ordered sentences involving jail time, probation, and / or fines. Because those included in sex offender registries may suffer based on their inclusion in these databases, even after serving their sentences, some have argued that sex offender registries constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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The consequences of a sex crimes conviction can be incredibly serious, and can have lasting effects on your personal life, your reputation, and your professional opportunities. As such, if you have been accused of committing a sex crime, it is important that you do everything you can to fight these charges. For the legal assistance you need to take on the charges against you, contact Massachusetts criminal lawyer James Powderly today by calling 508-343-0676.


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