National Sex Offender Registry Laws

MEGAN’S LAW—ADAM WALSH ACT—SORNA

People convicted of certain sex crimes are required to register on the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Website. All 50 states now have a sex offender registry and the information is shared across the country.

This website registry can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection and will contain your full name.

Learn more about what happens if you are convicted of a sex crime in PA.

Being registered as a criminal sex offender can have debilitating effects on your future and your reputation. Sex offender registration places serious limitations on where you are allowed to live and other basic rights. It can severely impact your chances of getting a job, an education, finding housing, etc.

If you have been convicted of a sex crime, you should be aware that failing to register as a sex offender can mean being sent to prison.

Below you will find information on Megan’s Law, the Adam Walsh Act, SORNA and the differences of each.

KEEPING YOUR NAME OFF THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

Ketchel Law offers experience and takes an aggressive approach to defending your rights, your freedom and reputation and your family’s reputation.

If you were charged with a sex crime in PA, we will do everything possible to keep you from having to register as a sex offender, including fighting for a full case dismissal or a reduction of charges.

If a not-guilty verdict is impossible, we will fight aggressively to keep your name off of Megan’s List and your reputation and freedom preserved. There are many defenses to a sex crime and we will take an aggressive approach to build a strong defense.

We offer free consultations and will help you understand the charges brought against you and how to best defend your rights.

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MEGAN’S LAW

Megan’s Law was passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 1995.

Megan’s Law requires police in the Commonwealth to maintain and update a registry of sex offenders. This includes those who reside, work, go to school, or move to Pennsylvania. It also includes anyone who has been convicted, entered a guilty plea, or has been adjudicated delinquent of certain sex offenses.

It is very easy and accessible these days for anyone to track a particular so-called “sexual predator”. A person needs only an internet connection and they can track your every move: change in residence, employment, schools, etc.

ADAM WALSH CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFETY ACT

In July, 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (often referred to only as the Adam Walsh Act) was signed into law by then President, George W. Bush.

The Adam Walsh Act was enacted after a boy named Adam Walsh disappeared from a store where he was shopping with his mother. A little more than two weeks later, Adam’s decapitated head was found, but his body was never located. No one was ever charged with the crime.

This story caused national outrage and thus, the Adam Walsh Act was born. The purpose of the Act was to create a uniform set of criteria by which states had to follow when posting sexual offender data on the internet. Perhaps if people in Adam’s community was aware of a sexual predator among them, someone would have identified him/her and Adam’s life could have been spared.

After the Adam Walsh Act took affect, Pennsylvania made some changes to Megan’s Law to make it more compliant with the national sex offender registration requirements.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND NOTIFICATION ACT (SORNA)

The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, referred to as SORNA, was enacted in 2012 and provides a specific set of standards for sex offenders, sex offender registration and notification in the United States.

The goal of SORNA was to tighten the network of sex offender registration. Some of the registration requirements include:

  • Registration with State police before release from prison
  • Registration in the jurisdiction in which you were convicted/incarcerated
  • Registration where the offender resides, works, and/or attends school
  • Verification of address and photograph required
  • Providing accurate information required
  • Increased the length of time people were required to register

SORNA also created a three-tier system for sex offenders:

  • Tier I: Registration required for 15 years, once per year in person
  • Tier II: Registration required for 25 years, every 6 months in person
  • Tier III: Registration required for LIFE, every 3 months in person

You can find more information about which sex crimes fall into each tier on the PA Megan’s Law website: https://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/InformationalPages/Registration

PROCESS OF REGISTERING AS A SEX OFFENDER IN PENNSYLVANIA

When a sex offender registers in person, they must supply their name, residence, employment, school attendance, and any termination of residence. In addition, they must immediately notify authorities of any change in information such as email address, internet identifiers, telephone numbers, vehicle information and any temporary living arrangements.

PA made changes to Megan’s Law in 2012 to make it compliant with SORNA. However, since SORNA added crimes to the list required for registration and extended the length of time registration was necessary, many people were required to register retroactively—some for the first time, and others for a longer period of time.

In July, 2017, the PA Supreme Court determined that these changes were punitive in nature and therefore were unconstitutional in some cases. The full legal effects of the changes are unknown, however, SORNA cannot be applied to individuals convicted before December 20, 2012. If you were required to register under the new SORNA requirements, you should consult an qualified PA sex crimes attorney immediately to see if it was wrongly applied in your case.

If you have been charged with a sex crime call Pittsburgh Criminal Attorney Justin J. Ketchel for a free consultation. It is our goal to have your case dismissed and if that is not possible, we will fight aggressively to keep your name off of the national registry of sex offenders.

 

OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL: TO HAVE YOUR SEX CRIME CHARGES DISMISSED

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