What is Megan’s Law?
Megan’s Law, which is formally known as the Child Protection Act of 1996, is a federal law. It requires states to come up with a program to notify communities when a convicted sex offender is released into their neighborhood. Laws were created in response to the murder of Megan Kanka.
How does Megan’s Law work?
The Child Protection Act of 1996 requires states to develop a procedure to notify community residents of sexual offenders living in the area. Persons convicted of sex crimes against children are required to provide local law enforcement their address, employment, and other personal information after their release from custody.
Is Megan’s Law uniform state to state?
No, the Child Protection Act of 1996 is not uniform state to state. States decide what information will be available to the public and how it will be disseminated. In certain states, all those convicted as a sex offender are subject to public notification on a website. However, in some states, only the information related to the highest-risk offenders is publicly available, while a complete list is held by law enforcement.
How does Megan’s Law impact a real estate sales transaction?
Because the information is public, listing agents generally do not have a legal duty to disclose the location of sex offenders. However, a buyers’ agent should refer their client to the information source. It would be best to check the state real estate regulations related to Megan’s Law to ensure proper notification guidelines are followed.
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