For those found guilty of sex crimes, the consequences can be dire. A person’s professional reputation may be forever tarnished, making it next to impossible to find employment. That person might also be shunned in the eyes of his or her peers, which can destroy interpersonal relationships. These penalties are often on top of imprisonment and large fines.
One potential penalty New Jersey residents accused of sex crimes face is the result of what is known as Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law allows New Jersey State Police to make public internet information regarding certain sex offenders. This information is available so that New Jersey citizens can potentially protect themselves from sex offenders. However, this information is made available for the sole purpose of protection; police claim that it should not be used in order to harass or threaten those listed.
Not every New Jersey sex offender is on the list. Only those who have been adjudicated delinquent, convicted or found not guilty by reason of insanity must register. There are specific offenses that require registration as well. Sex offenders who are considered to be highly likely of a repeat offense are often found on the registry. Those who pose a low threat are excluded from the list. The website includes physical descriptions of the offenders — eye color, hair color, height, weight and the like — along with a photograph.
Having to register online as a sex offender is just one of many potential penalties faced by someone found guilty of a sex crime. This is why it is of the utmost importance that those facing such charges hire a criminal defense attorney and vigorously combat these allegations. With a strong defense, it may be possible to have the charges lessened or dismissed.