Megan’s Law

Connecticut Sex Offender Lawyers

 “Megan’s Law,” named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, was enacted in 1994. Currently, the law requires sex offenders to register with the police.

What Rules Does Megan’s Law Impose?

Exact parameters and regulations vary from state to state. In Connecticut, enforcement of Megan’s Law includes parameters like:

Who registers

When to register

How long the name stays on the registry

People convicted of sexually violent offenses

Within three days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.

For life

People found not guilty of a violent sex crime by reason of insanity

Within three days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.

For life

Those who committed any crime against a minor, even a nonviolent crime

Within three days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.

For 10 years

Those found not guilty by reason of insanity for any crime against a minor, even a nonviolent crime

Within three days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.

For 10 years

People who have been convicted of, or found not guilty due to insanity of, a violent sex crime in another state or a foreign country

Within ten days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.

For life

People who have been convicted of, or found not guilty due to insanity of, any crime against a minor, even a nonviolent crime in another state or a foreign country

Within ten days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.

For 10 years

People who have committed a felony that a court decides was sex-related

Dependent on court order

Dependent on court order.

 

If an offender changes address, he or she must notify the Commission of Public Safety within five days. Those from out of state have ten days. If an offender fails to obey the law, the state will impose a class D felony.

I’m Facing Charges Under Megan’s Law. What Should I Do?

At every step in the criminal justice system, you have rights and you have options. Contact the Kocian Law Group to learn what we can do to protect your rights, prevent or minimize incarceration, and tilt the scales of justice in your favor.