Megan’s Law, a website that lists the name and personal information of people who been convicted of sex offenses in California, was set up to protect the community from potential dangers. Anybody can access this information online so they can protect themselves and their families from people who have committed sex offenses.
However, the website, which is run by the California Department of Justice, is not just used to protect the community. For many individuals, having their information posted on Megan’s Law has subjected them to unnecessary harassment and a negative stigma that makes it hard to live a normal life. This has even been the case for those whose convictions occurred long in the past because the Department of Justice has failed to include the date of conviction for more than 90% of the persons listed on the site.
That is why the date of conviction will now have to be added to every profile on the California Megan’s Law website.
Lawsuit Leads to Correcting Megan’s Law
The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL, but then known as RSOL) filed a lawsuit in November 2015 against the Department of Justice regarding the lack of a date of conviction on listings on Megan’s Law.
Under a previous ruling, the Department of Justice was required to add the date of conviction to every profile on Megan’s Law by September 2010. In the 2015 lawsuit, the ACSOL claimed the ruling was not followed, and that most listings do not currently include the date in which the individual was convicted.
The Department of Justice and the ACSOL recently agreed to settle the lawsuit. As part of the settlement, the Department of Justice agreed to add the missing information to Megan’s Law by Dec. 31, 2016. Listings for those convicted prior to 1980 will remain uncorrected until the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation makes the necessary data available.
Having this information posted on the website could help show that these individuals’ mistakes are in the past and that they no longer pose a threat to the community.
How to Get Your Name Removed from Megan’s Law
Although having the date you were convicted listed on Megan’s Law is a major win if you are a sex offender in California, you could still be subjected to harassment and violation of your privacy by overly concerned neighbors. That is why you should talk to an attorney to find out if you are eligible to have your name and information removed from the Megan’s Law website.
Our skilled and knowledgeable sex crimes attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully helping sex offenders obtain post-conviction relief for more than 35 years. Let us help you today.
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