New Jersey Sex Crime Defense Lawyers ◊ Megan's Law
The attorneys at Furlong and Krasny in West Trenton, New Jersey, offer sophisticated defense against sex crimes in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and nationwide. We take a creative, practical and intelligent approach to helping our clients grapple with the potentially devastating consequences of sex crime allegations, charges and convictions.
Our attorneys are both AV-Rated*, and both have been named Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Together, they have over 60 years of legal experience. Contact our offices at your convenience to schedule an initial consultation.
Attorney John S. Furlong co-wrote the authoritative guide to Megan's Law, titled Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification: A "Megan's Law" Sourcebook, published by the Civic Research Institute. He has lectured widely on the subject, including frequent testimony before legislative committees, continuing legal education seminars, and through a series of articles and media interviews. Our attorneys have developed a nationwide reputation for legal excellence — because of our results. We keep clients informed about legal developments and how new laws might affect their lives.
Our lawyers provide a vigorous, aggressive defense against the full spectrum of sex crimes, including:
- Internet crimes
- Child pornography
- Sexual assault
- Child molestation
The Effects of Megan's Law
Megan's Law describes a combination of civil commitment laws, post-sentence parole laws, registration and community notification laws and municipal restriction laws. Megan's Law was originally intended to prevent convicted sex offenders from having access to children. While the effectiveness of these laws may be negligible, they do succeed at introducing a grinding burden and social stigma into the life of anyone convicted of a sex crime.
Lawyers rarely understand the full scope of Megan's Law, a shorthand term to cover a broad spectrum of legislation. Different crimes carry different collateral consequences, and knowing what could happen after you plead guilty to what looks like an attractive offer is often more important than your decision to plead guilty in the first place.
The Best Defense: Full Court Press
If you are indeed not guilty of a sex offense, you may still find yourself caught up in a system that assumes you are guilty. Avoiding the pitfall of presumed guilt is critical to a successful outcome. We specialize in taking control of every aspect of your case, coping with potential judicial bias, prosecutorial myopia, and unwanted media attention. False allegations are too often grounded in dysfunctional family situations or failed relationships. We are neither timid nor tentative. We will assess your case quickly and completely and let you know precisely where you stand.
Redemption: Coping with Megan's Law
If you have been convicted of a sex offense, you may find some aspect of Megan's Law wreaking havoc on your life and the lives of your loved ones. Whether the state seeks to commit you involuntarily to a special treatment facility or simply track your every move on a GPS monitor, we can help you navigate the system, alleviate the harshest conditions, and regain some measure of dignity and freedom. We believe in redemption despite a system that seems to have discarded it. We do whatever it takes to minimize the toll Megan's Law takes on all those covered by it, including their families. Contact our offices to schedule a consultation and let us help you understand what you can do to improve your life.
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