Sex Offender Registration
Many people are aware that individuals convicted of a sex crime are subject to mandatory registration requirements. But Pennsylvania’s version of Megan’s law has been updated and challenged in recent years. If you need qualified legal counsel about matters relating to sex offender registration, The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, can help.
A Prosecutor On Your Side
Joseph Lesniak is a criminal defense attorney serving Media, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area. A former prosecutor, Mr. Lesniak served for nine years in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, primarily in the Special Victims Unit. He now uses his thorough understanding of criminal law to anticipate the prosecution’s strategies and build stronger cases to defend clients charged with sex crimes and other offenses. His unique perspective on these fields of law is a significant asset to our clients. We will fight diligently to protect your rights.
Changes To Pennsylvania Law
Current sex offender registration laws require convicted persons to register with the state and report to state authorities on a regular basis, after their release from prison. The reporting requirement could last 15 years or remain in effect for the entire life of the offender. Pennsylvania’s law was expanded to involve longer registration periods for a wider range of crimes, late in 2011.
More recently, the courts determined that some of these changes may have been unconstitutional because the registration requirements were applied retroactively. The Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, LLC, has the knowledge and experience to handle sex offender registration removal cases for individuals affected by such legislative changes.
Legislators maintain that registration is a collateral consequence of being convicted of a sex crime, and is not intended to be punitive. In practice, however, it has severe punitive ramifications, preventing individuals from moving on and forming productive relationships with their communities after they have served their prison sentence. If you have been accused of a sex crime it is important to choose a lawyer like Joseph Lesniak who fully understands the long-term consequences of conviction and mandatory registration and who will do everything possible to mitigate these damages.