Facing Megan’s Law in Union County

There are many arguments against the imposition of Megan’s law on grounds that the law prevents sex offenders from ever having a true shot at rehabilitation. This is because the law requires that the local community is made aware of an ex-offender’s presence, physical appearance and past crime so that the community is on alert. The law was created after a young girl was killed by a neighbor whom the parents were not aware had previously been convicted of a New Jersey sex crime. The problem with the law is that an ex-offender remains guilty in the eyes of the community so in a sense his punishment continues and he is unable to begin a life free of his past actions. Unfortunately, a recent kidnapping case in Union County illustrates the reason why Megan’s Law is often necessary despite its negative implications.

Recently in Union County, a man was charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault after an arrest for criminal sexual contact revealed him as a sex offender in an ongoing investigation. In addition to these two offenses, the man had already been convicted and had served prison time for an act of sexual assault. His most recent offense was for the kidnapping and aggravated assault of a woman from Elizabeth. He is charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree aggravated sexual assault and is being held on bail in the Union County Jail. A first-degree crime can carry up to 20 years in prison. My name is Anthony N. Palumbo and if you are facing first-degree charges, the potential penalties are devastating. Fortunately, plea bargains are allowed in New Jersey for cases involving crimes against children and I have over 35 years of experience negotiating for reduced sentences.


Repeat Sex Offenders in Morris County New Jersey

Megan’s law requires continued supervision of sex offenders after they are released from incarceration.  The debate over the morality of Megan’s law is longstanding. Many people feel that Megan’s law prevents convicted sex offenders from moving on with their lives and fully obtaining a second chance.  Unfortunately a recent news broadcast illustrates exactly the importance of the opposing view and in maintaining supervision of sex offenders after release.

Last week in Morris County, New Jersey, a paroled pedophile was charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.  A formal indictment was handed down for six counts of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree child endangerment and a fourth-degree charge for a violation of Megan’s law.  The arrest took place after a parole officer conducted a routine check and found the boy and the convict wearing only shorts.  The boy stated that he was handcuffed behind his back before the man took a nap with him.

The convict was listed as a Tier 2 Megan’s law offender, a tier that many people find offensive to individual rights.  Tier 2 offenders are required to provide information to law enforcement so that schools, day cares, camps, and community organizations may be notified of the individual’s presence.  While generally only Tier 3 offenders must place their name on an internet list, in exceptional situations, Tier 2 offenders will also be placed on internet.

My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Sex Crimes defense attorney and I have experience representing the rights and freedoms of repeat sex offenders. I understand the positive side of Megan’s law, I also know how important it is that everyone has the chance to fully rehabilitate from their past acts.  If you have been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, visit my website for more information at www.palumbo-renaud.com.