LAW NEWS: Pa Legislature changes retroactive effect of Adam Walsh Act

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Megan's Law, Sex Offender Registration, SORNA | 0 comments

On December 20, 2012, the Adam Walsh Act (SORNA) required many individuals who were convicted of sex offenses but not classified as violent sex offenders to begin registering as sexual offenders.  A new law passed in March 2014 has removed the registration requirement for individuals convicted of second-degree felony Indecent Assault between January 22, 2006, and January 1, 2007; Unlawful restraint (18 Pa. C.S.A. Section 2902(b)); False...

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IN THE NEWS: Pennsylvania Changes to Sex Offender Registration/Megan’s Law

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Blog, Blog Posts, In the News, Megan's Law, PCRA | 0 comments

Starting tomorrow, the rules for who must register as a Megan’s Law sex offender in Pennsylvania will change.  Under the new law, sex offenders are classified by three tiers.  Tier I offenders will have to register for 15 years.  Tier II offenders will have to register for 25 years.  Tier III offenders will have to register for life.  If you are currently serving a period of incarceration for a sexual offense, are currently on parole or...

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In the News: Pa Supreme Court rejects local sex offender residency restriction

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Blog, Blog Posts, Megan's Law, News Update, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Allegheny County sex offender residency restriction ordinance has been rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  The court concluded that the local residency restriction is invalid because it “clearly interferes with the statewide operation of the Sentencing and Parole Codes and with the General Assembly’s policies in these arenas.”  The 3rd Circuit Court of the United States...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. Jeffrey Williams

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in Case Law Summaries, Megan's Law, PCRA | 0 comments

Commonwealth v. Jeffrey Williams 2009 PA Super 121 (7/002/2009) Topic: PCRA – Timeliness – Megan’s Law Registration Summary: Megan’s Law registration requirements are considered collateral consequences and the period of registration does not extend the time within which an appellant is permitted to file a PCRA petition. (In other words, once an appellant has completed his sentence, he is no longer eligible for PCRA...

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BriefLaw: Commonwealth v. William Howard Wilgus

Posted by on Jun 30, 2009 in Case Law Summaries, Megan's Law | 0 comments

Commonwealth v. William Howard Wilgus 2009 PA Super 116 (6/26/2009) Topic: Megan’s Law Registration – Homeless Megan’s Law Violator Summary: When a defendant has no shelter or fixed abode, he is not required to register under Megan’s Law. A defendant who is staying at a temporary residence is required to register. http://www.pacourts.us/OpPosting/Superior/out/a06028_09.pdf Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in...

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In the News: PA Federal Judge strikes down sex offender residency restriction

Posted by on Mar 24, 2009 in ACLU, Megan's Law, Residency Restrictions | 0 comments

United States District Court Judge Gary Lancaster has ruled that the sex offender residency restriction ordinance passed by Allegheny County is illegal. The restriction would have barred sex offenders registered under Megan’s Law from “residing within 2,500 feet of any school, child care facility, recreation center, public park, or community center.” Judge Lancaster ruled that the ordinance conflicted with state law and was...

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