West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Megan Kanka was a seven-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, in 1994 by a neighbor with two previous convictions for sexually assaulting young girls. Just one month after Kanka’s death, the New Jersey General Assembly approved a package of bills collectively known as Megan’s Law which aimed to provide two information service to the public: a sex offender registry and community notification.
While bills named after the victims of highly publicized violent crimes often have the best intentions, these laws are rarely subject to any kind of scrutiny by lawmakers who typically approve the measures without considering any of the possible unforeseen complications. These types of legislation are often based on a single incident without considering a multitude of unique factors.
Megan’s Law aims to increase public safety by making communities aware of sex offenders in their area, but it also places very strict requirements on sex offenders for several years—possibly even life. Failure to comply with provisions of Megan’s Law can lead to felony criminal charges.
If you are currently required or fear you will soon be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, it is in your best interest to explore all of your options for appeals or to minimize your amount of registration time.
Ciccarelli Law Offices aggressively defends clients all over Southeastern Pennsylvania, including communities in Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, and the greater Philadelphia area.
Our Chester County sex offense attorneys work as a team to determine the strongest possible defense options in these cases. We can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (610) 719-3200 today to schedule a completely free initial consultation.
In Pennsylvania, people convicted of certain sex offenses are required to register as sex offenders. Each sex offense is assigned to a specific tier, and the length of time that a person is required to register depends on the tier he or she was assigned to.
Tier I sex offenses require offenders to register for 15 years. A person will be classified as a Tier I offender if he or she was convicted of any of the following offenses:
A person will also be classified as a Tier I offender for a conviction or court martial of a comparable military offense or similar offense under the laws of another jurisdiction or foreign country or under a former law of the Commonwealth, a conviction of an attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit an offense enumerated under Tier I classification, or a conviction for a sexual offense in another jurisdiction or foreign country that is not set forth in this section, but nevertheless requires registration under a sexual offender statute in the jurisdiction or foreign country.
Tier II sex offenses require offenders to register for 25 years. A person will be classified as a Tier II offender if he or she was convicted of any of the following offenses:
A person will also be classified as a Tier II offender for a conviction or court martial of a comparable military offense or similar offense under the laws of another jurisdiction or foreign country or under a former law of the Commonwealth, or a conviction of an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit an offense enumerated under Tier II classification.
Tier III sex offenses require offenders to register for life. A person will be classified as a Tier III offender if he or she has two or more convictions of offenses enumerated under Tier I or Tier II classification or was convicted of any of the following offenses:
A person will also be classified as a Tier II offender for a conviction or court martial of a comparable military offense or similar offense under the laws of another jurisdiction or foreign country or under a former law of the Commonwealth, a conviction of an attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit an offense enumerated under Tier III classification, or two or more convictions of offenses enumerated under Tier I or Tier II classification.
Registering as a sex offender is not simply a one-time event. People required to register as sex offenders must regularly appear in person at an approved registration site to verify or update their information,
The frequency with which offenders must make these appearances depends on their assigned Tier classification. Appearances are required as follows:
In addition to regular reporting requirements, all sex offenders—regardless of Tier classification—are required to register any change of or additional information in person at an approved registration site within three business days of the change or addition. This requirement applies to informational changes relating to any of the following:
Refusal to comply with Megan’ Law or providing inaccurate information can lead to extremely serious criminal charges. Regardless of a person’s Tier classification, this is a felony offense that can lead to several years of additional incarceration.
If a sexual offender refuses to comply with Megan's Law, he or she will be charged as follows:
If a sexual offender provides inaccurate information when he or she registers, updates, or verifies his or her information, he or she will be charged as follows:
Pennsylvania State Police Megan's Law Website — This website established by the State Police provides information on registered sex offenders who reside, attend school, and/or are employed within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about the history of the law, get details about registration, and find answers to many frequently asked questions. You can also search offenders, get email notifications, and find a count of registrants by residence, employment, school, and county.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement — The BJA is one of the Office of Justice Programs in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). This section of the BJA website is dedicated to sex offender programs and strategies. It covers sex offender treatment, sex offender laws, and links to publications about sex offender evaluations.
Perils of Registering Youth Who Commit Sex Offenses — This publication contains research conducted by the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) regarding the effectiveness of including youths on public sex offender registries. It discusses how registration and notification offer no clear public safety benefits, creating and maintaining registries is expensive, and registration harms youth and their families. The paper examines how collateral consequences of registration and notification cause psychological harm, prevent youths from participating in school and work, negatively impacts the families of youth who offend, and places youths at risk of victimization.
Are you facing criminal charges that may require you to register as a sex offender or are you already subject to these requirements? Have you been charged with failing to comply with Megan’s Law requirements?
Ciccarelli Law Offices helps clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania with these kinds of issues, and our firm has offices in West Chester, Plymouth Square, King of Prussia, Malvern, Kennett Square, Radnor, Lancaster, and Philadelphia. You can have our Chester County sex offense attorneys review your case by calling (610) 719-3200 right now to set up a free, confidential consultation.