April 10, 2014
California has required sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agencies since 1947. California Megan’s Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. Megan’s Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and murdered by a known registered sex offender who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states now have a form of Megan’s law.
The law is intended to punish the registrant and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against a registrant. (Pen. Code Section 290.46).
Prior to Megan’s Law enacted on August 24, 2004, and signed by the Governor on 9-24-04, the public was only able to access information about a sex registrant through their local police station or Sheriff’s station. Since the passage of Megan’s Law, the information is now public.
CONTACT THE LAW OFFICES OF VICTORIA CLEMANS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A SEX CRIME OR VIOLATION OF MEGAN’S LAW TODAY.