Sex Crimes: The Sentence That Begins After Prison
Unlike any other crime, completing a prison sentence for a sex crime begins another type of sentence — the requirement to register as a sex offender or a sexually violent offender. Serving the Megan's Law requirement can mean 10 years or a lifetime of registration.
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At the Gover Perry & Shore law firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, our criminal defense lawyers work hard for clients facing sex crime charges. We know the collateral damage that comes with a conviction or a guilty plea. Our attorneys can stand by you and contest the findings as you go through the Megan's Law evaluation process.
The SOAB will compile a report. Pennsylvania's Sexual Offender Assessment Board will have a psychiatrist evaluate the convicted person, then the board will decide how to categorize the sex offender under the state's Megan's Law statute.
Sex offender registration means 10 more years. If the SOAB determines that someone is a sex offender, that person will be required to register with authorities for 10 years after getting out of prison.
An SVP faces a lifetime of registration. If SOAB determines that someone is a sexually violent predator (SVP), that person will face a lifetime of reporting address changes. Neighbors will be informed and the SVP photo will be on the Internet.
Have you been charged with a Megan's Law violation? A failure to notify authorities can mean going back to prison. Contact our law firm. We can represent you and explain your situation in court where a judge will ultimately determine what happens next.
Sex crimes are serious. The potential penalties can hound you for the rest of your life. Our law firm has handled more sex crimes that any firm in central Pennsylvania. We know the laws and we know how to effectively represent you in Pennsylvania courtrooms. Contact us for a free consultation about how Megan's Law might affect you.