What Is Megan's Law?
Megan's Law refers to state laws which establish public online registries of convicted sex offenders. California's version of this law is found under California Penal Code § 290.46, and requires all individuals convicted of sex-related offenses to sign up with the registry. The names, descriptions and in some instances, addresses of these registrants are published online and can be accessed by anyone, at any time.
Can Employers Use Megan's Law Against Someone?
Unlike most other states with Megan's Law policies, California's version aims to protect registrants against "additional punishment" and "retribution" beyond the sentencing from the court. As a result of this unique attitude, as well as California's aggressive employee protection climate, the existence of your name on a Megan's Law list cannot be used to fire you, demote you, or prevent you from getting hired.
Of course, there are exceptions. The registry information is designed to "protect a person at risk" of
"becoming a victim of sex offense." Therefore, certain jobs may use the registry to evaluate your potential suitability as an employee. For example, an individual convicted of sex crimes against a child can be legally denied employment at a day care center or school. Likewise, a person convicted of elder sex abuse may not be allowed to work at a senior living facility or retirement home.
Accused of a Sex Crime? Call Our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyer
Although there are some protections for Megan's Law registrants, it's decidedly better to keep your name off the list altogether. If you've been accused of a sex crime, it's vital to call our Los Angeles criminal defense attorney right away. Attorney Decio Rangel Jr. has more than 20 years of legal experience and can craft an informed and effective defense on your behalf.
You don't want your name on a registry. Call Attorney Rangel at (310) 904-6331 today!