Ms. Breslow was successful last week in getting an individual removed from Megan’s Law, where the individual currently resides outside the State of New Jersey. Often times, a person who was put on Megan’s Law more than 15 years ago will decide to leave the state for one reason or another. Of course, other states have reciprocal Megan Law systems, so the person will have to register and often times he or she will be put on the internet. However, if someone has remained arrest free for more than 15 years since the date of conviction or release from incarceration, and the offense is one that is eligible for removal, then through an attorney the person can file a motion to be removed from Megan’s Law.
Being taken off Megan’s Law will have tremendous effects on one’s life, no longer facing the embarrassment they have encountered from neighbors, co-workers, loss of work, etc. Of course, the person needs to be evaluated by a psychologist, and there needs to be a recommendation submitted to the court with the motion papers.
If an individual resides out of state, the motion is filed in the county where the person was originally put on Megan’s Law. This is where the motion will be heard before a Superior Court Judge who is often assigned to Megan Law matters.