In 1996, California enacted its version of Megan’s Law. Megan’s Law is named after Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old girl from New Jersey who was raped and killed by a known sex offender living across the street from her without her family’s knowledge of who or what he was. After this loss, the Kankas fought to make it known to people when a sex offender moves into their area to help protect themselves and their children. Every state now has its own version of Megan’s Law.
Having a criminal record as a sex offender means that you must register with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) on the California Sex Offender Registry and that your name, information and criminal record will be made known to all friends and neighbors. You will have a permanent stigma attached to you which may make it difficult to get employment, find a place to live or get along easily with those who live around you.
As a criminal defense lawyer in Vista, California, I know what will be considered a sex offense, whether “serious” or not, as well as what can be done about some of these accusations to either get you cleared or have the severity of the charges reduced and avoid sex offender registration.