What You Should Know About Megan's Law in Connecticut

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“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 registersWhen to registerHow long the name stays on the registry
People convicted of sexually violent offensesWithin 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 insanityWithin three days of moving to Connecticut or being released from prison.For life
Those who committed any crime against a minor, even a nonviolent crimeWithin 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 crimeWithin 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 countryWithin 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 countryWithin 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-relatedDependent on court orderDependent 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 our criminal defense attorneys can do to protect your rights, prevent or minimize incarceration, and tilt the scales of justice in your favor.