Many people contact our firm to learn about terminating their obligations under Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life or Parole Supervision for Life (CSL/PSL). We are known throughout the State for representing clients seeking termination of these burdensome, and frequently useless, obligations. There is information on the firm’s website concerning the criteria for terminating these incredibly burdensome requirements, which we encourage all those viewing us online to read. However, if you are saddled with Megan’s and CSL or PSL obligations, and you are tired of the ways they are forcing you to place your life on hold, we encourage you to continue reading. The information below, as well as that on our main site, is very general and should be viewed only as a starting point. It is, however, a good place to begin. Bear in mind, however, that you must contact a seasoned Megan’s Law attorney in New Jersey for counseling and advice that meets your unique needs.
It’s hard to believe, but the nightmares that are Megan’s Law and CSL/PSL have been around since 1994. For one thing, this means that the number of defendants who are eligible to have their obligations terminated is growing. One would think that given the amount of time these laws have been in effect, there would have been some sort of study or review concerning their effectiveness. To this writer’s knowledge, however, no such study has ever been produced or even attempted. This is significant not only because of the truly detrimental effect these statutes have on people’s lives, but because the registration and supervision systems cost money to administer and sap State resources that may be put to better use elsewhere.
In any event, every termination motion starts with information. Each county prosecutor’s office has a Megan’s Law unit. The first step Megan’s Law counsel must take after meeting with the registrant/parolee is to contact that unit to obtain a copy of the relevant discovery. If someone was convicted in one New Jersey county but has since moved to another New Jersey county, the correct office to contact is the one in the county where the registrant/parolee currently resides. A termination motion must also be filed in the county of residence, not the county of conviction. A registrant/parolee who has moved out of State must obtain their discovery and file their motion in the New Jersey county of conviction. Once obtained, the discovery must then be reviewed by a New Jersey parole supervision for life attorney to ascertain whether all relevant requirements for termination are met, and for information that must be included in the motion papers.