Yes, under N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2, a person who moves within the state must notify both their current law enforcement department and that of their new jurisdiction no less than 10 days before making the move.
Failure to do so is a crime of the third degree, with a possible 3-5 year sentence if convicted.
The sooner you act to correct your mistake, the easier it will be defend you, but whether or not you’ve already been charged, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer at your side right away.
The sex offender registry is a controversial tool used by the state in the interest of public safety, but it’s well known that far too many people are on the registry for offenses that are in the past, and that the offender poses no further threat to others.
Still, from a prosecutor’s point of view, if these cases aren’t pursued vigorously, any offense committed in the jurisdiction represents a very personal failure.
Don’t take chances when it comes to talking to prosecutors or police if you’ve missed a registration deadline.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.