Sex Offence and Megan’s Law
Sex offenses include indecent assault, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, possession of child pornography, and others. These types of offenses require sensitivity to everyone involved. There is often unwanted media coverage. It is extremely important to engage an attorney early when charged with these offenses. Sometimes it is possible for counsel to intervene and prevent these types of charges from even being filed, if the appropriate defenses are raised with police early. If you are ever asked to take a polygraph test by police as a suspect in this type of charge, you should consult counsel immediately. Police frequently attempt to obtain confessions in theses types of cases, and therefore it is important in all such cases to assert your right to remain silent without an attorney. A conviction for many of these offenses involve mandatory long-term incarceration, and often a lifetime of other effects. For example, conviction for most of these offenses can affect permanently your right to work with children, to be around your own children, or be around children in general. You could lose custody of your children if convicted, and could be subjected to lengthy investigations by child welfare authorities. You also could be subjected to long-term or even permanent registration requirements under Megan’s Law, including having your name, photo and address posted on the state Megan’s Law offender website. Defenses raised in these cases frequently involve child psychologists, and the use of private investigators. The law in this area is always evolving, so it is important to choose an attorney who stays updated on each change in the law.