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Adam Walsh Act Draws Criticism from the Courts

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Effort to Track Sex Offenders Draws Resistance

The effort, approved by Congress three years ago, requires all states to adopt strict standards for registering sex offenders and is meant to prevent offenders from eluding the authorities, especially when they move out of state.

"The single most important thing about it was creating a more consistent, uniform process across the country," said Ernest E. Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an advocacy group. "There are a lot of states that really don't know where these guys are."

It also requires offenders deemed especially dangerous to register for life and to renew their registration, usually in person, four times a year. In addition, the law expands the number of crimes for which sex offenders must register and requires states to collect more of their personal information and post much of it publicly.

The Courts have held that the Adam Walsh Act's requirement of electronic monitoring is unconstitutional as applied in certain cases. There are also other constitutional irregularities that can be raised to challenge both the Adam Walsh Act and Megan's Law as applied to specific persons.  At Shaffer & Engle, we are familiar with these court cases and facts that may be applied to individual cases.

Contact the experienced team at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC to discuss your case toll free or email us today.  We provide counsel for Megan's Law and Walsh Act assessments, sentencings and bail proceedings.

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