Megan's Law and Sex Crime Charges
The Sex Offender Assessment Process and Your Rights
"Megan's Law" is actually a collection of laws put together with the intention of protecting children by allowing families to learn of sexual offenders and "sexually violent predators" in their neighborhoods. While families' rights and the prevention of criminal activity is highly important, it is important, too, that accused individuals' rights are also fully protected.
At the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC our attorney team has a combined 65 years of experience in handling sex crime cases. Our experience includes service both as defense attorneys and as a prosecutor, including 25 jury trials for sex crimes. The result? Highly effective, experienced and knowledgeable sex crime criminal defense help in Harrisburg and throughout central Pennsylvania.
Speak to defense attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini to learn more about Megan's Law and for experienced representation if you are charged with a serious sex crime.
If you are convicted of a sex crime charge, you will face a hearing with the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB) to determine whether you should be classified as a sexually violent predator. As you reach this point in the justice system process, you still have many rights which can be fully protected and advanced by an experienced defense attorney. For instance:
- You have the right to be heard, call witnesses and call expert witnesses
- You have the right to be represented by counsel
- You have the right to a court-appointed psychological expert to counter the testimony of the Commonwealth's expert regardless of your economic circumstance
If you face sex crime charges, contact our office both for aggressive criminal defense and, if necessary, for legal representation before the SOAB. Your hearing before the SOAB is a crucial step—classification as a sexually violent predator will result in a mandatory life sentence. For more information regarding sex crimes, Megan's Law and your rights, contact our firm.
If you face sex crime charges and have questions regarding Megan's Law, contact the experienced criminal defense law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Office, LLC. We provide free initial consultations, are available for evening and weekend appointments and operate two offices for your convenience. To contact a lawyer, call 717-827-4074 or 800-491-9506.
Learn more about Megan's Law on our Criminal Law Blog.