New Jersey man, 61, arrested for being unregistered sex offender

| May 10, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

For New Jersey residents who are confronted with allegations of sex offenses, it can be difficult in myriad ways. Not only is there the potential for hefty penalties including jail time and fines, but there is an undeniable stigma linked to these cases. Even after the person has paid his or her debt to society for a previous conviction, there will still be a requirement to register as a sex offender. Failure to do so can result in another arrest even if the person has committed no other illegal acts. Given the problems a person can face when charged with any sex offense, it is important to craft an effective defense.

Man living in motel did not register as sex offender

A man, 61, who was living in a local motel was arrested because based on Megan’s Law, he was obligated to register as a sex offender and failed to do so. Once law enforcement became aware that the man was living in the area without registering, a warrant was issued. He was stopped in his vehicle and arrested without incident. His previous convictions were for sexual assaults in 1980 and 1991. The first involved a woman. The second involved a man during incarceration. He was categorized as a moderate risk for committing another sexual offense.

Those facing sex offenses must remember their rights

The mere mentioning of sex-based offenses will lead to people feeling discomfort and concern about the person who was said to have been involved in these crimes. This can hinder attempts to get jobs and other endeavors. Still, there is a difference between a person who had previous convictions and was arrested again for the same crime and a violation of the terms of having been released. To try and get back into society and move forward despite these charges, it is imperative to understand the value of a strong defense.

Experienced advocates can assist in combating sex-based charges

The man in this case was not arrested for another sexual offense, but because he had failed to register based on the law. While that is taken seriously, it remains wise to see how significant penalties can be averted by considering the alternatives as part of a criminal defense. Before saying or doing anything to make the situation worse, it is vital for anyone in similar or more complicated circumstances to have experienced advice to determine how to proceed.