NJ Legislature Proposes Residential Restrictions on Sex Offenders
- July 17, 2013
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A newly proposed bill that is currently being sent to the New Jersey State Senate could have a possible impact on sex offenders throughout the state. The bill, named S-570 would give power to municipalities to enact restrictions on where registered sex offenders would be able to reside, excluding them from areas such as kindergartens or parks. At present, municipalities throughout the state of New Jersey are not permitted to enact restrictions on the proximity of sex offenders to certain areas due to the lack of uniformity it may cause from town to town. If the bill being proposed by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, uniformity will be taking a back seat to safety. Discussion of restricting the residency and location of sex offenders throughout the state has been taking place since the inception of Megan’s law in 1994. Megan’s law, also known as the Sex Offender Act of 1994 on the national level, was created to require the registration of sex offenders as well as notification of all residents when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. These laws on both our state and national levels have created a sense of security for many citizens who now feel as though they have more information needed to help keep their children safe from potential danger. Bill S-570 would create the addition to Megan’s law that many residents have been calling for from its inception. If approved, the bill would provide that registered sex offenders be at least five hundred feet away from prescribed locations set by each municipality such as schools, parks and kindergartens. It would be up to each municipality to set boundaries within their town, however the municipality would have to follow the model set out by the state. The bill is currently being sent to the New Jersey State Senate for a vote. A conviction or a plea for sex crimes in NJ will have a serious impact on your life ranging from restrictions on residence, lack of acceptance in society, lack of employment opportunities, incarceration and even permanent confinement to a treatment facility. If you are charged with sexual assault, possession of child pornography, molestation, endangering the welfare of a minor, solicitation of a minor, rape, statutory rape or other sex crimes you should seek an experienced defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. For more information regarding sex crimes or other criminal matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace the advice of an attorney.