Dealing With the Shame of Registering as a Sex Offender

Convicted sex offenders might be the most closely watched people in the community. Once a registered sex offender, anyone can identify a sex offender’s identity by logging on the Pennsylvania sex offender registry. Photos and addresses pop up on the screen in seconds.

However, once released into the community, sex offenders have served their time and paid their debt to society. There are many support groups in Pennsylvania that will providing support and encouragement for formerly incarcerated sex offenders as they seek reentry into the community.

In addition, it is important to know your rights as a registered sex offender. Often times, sex offenders are victims of police profiling and employment discrimination. You have rights as a registered sex offender. Although you may be obligated to maintain registration for a number of years and may be restricted from working in certain fields, this should not prohibit you from integrating into the community. It is important to know your rights. An experienced criminal law attorney can inform you of your rights.

Please contact the Harrisburg, PA, law firm of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation with Roger Laguna or Laura Reyes Maloney: 717-233-5292. You may also contact us online.

An Honest Look at Child Pornography – PA

Too many law enforcement officials are trolling the Internet aiming to catch suspected child pornography users. Investigators have the capacity to track what you are doing on the Net. Big Brother is indeed looking over your shoulder and if he wants to find something, he generally will.

You need to be particularly careful about what you download from the Net and with whom you share any images, especially those involving children. For instance, recently more than 100 investigators from across 20 law enforcement organizations worked together with the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force to catch 10 men charged with suspected child pornography. The task force was able to detect child pornography users and distributors through electronic and other means, including tracking their IP (Internet Protocol) addresses.

61 Child Porn Task Forces Across the Nation

The task force that arrested these individuals is just one of 61 such task forces nationwide that target peer-to-peer file sharing online in particular. This sort of investigation is more sophisticated than the chatroom decoy investigations that were a hallmark of many previous child porn and molestation police investigations.

The fact of the matter is no one is immune from a child pornography charge. For instance, a popular music teacher and former theater director in Olympia, Washington, was arrested and tried in the media for allegedly having child porn on his home computer and work computer at the theater. Evidently, he inadvertently downloaded child pornography, but the witch hunt is on and his good name and reputation are in ruins despite the charges being dropped due to an illegal computer search.

Excessively Harsh Sentencing in Child Porn Cases

In another troubling case in West Palm Beach, Florida, a 50-year-old engineer is facing 3,000 years’ jail time for 200 videos found on his hard drive that was attached to his own laptop. In another horrific miscarriage of justice, former Arizona high school teacher Morton Berger is facing a mandatory minimum jail sentence for possession of just 20 images that he was found with in 2003. There is a miscarriage of justice when a person receives a life sentence just for looking at a forbidden image, even if the image is upsetting.

Take Immediate Action If Arrested or Under Investigation for Child Pornography Charges — Criminal Defense Lawyers in PA

Please contact the Harrisburg, PA, law firm of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP to schedule a free case evaluation with Roger Laguna or Laura Reyes Maloney: 717-233-5292. You may also contact us online.

Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, Handles a Local, High-Profile Criminal Case

If you follow local news in our area, you may have read about two police officers accused of a late-night assault in Altoona. Firm attorney Roger Laguna represents one of the police officers in what promises to be a difficult case.

The facts of the case have been presented in the media as follows. A year and a half ago, a bar patron allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in an Altoona bar. The alleged victim is married to a police officer, who was in the bar at the time with a colleague. Following the alleged sexual assault, the two police officers are alleged to have responded by assaulting the offender in the bar’s bathroom. Another patron allegedly intervened and was also allegedly assaulted by the police officer in the altercation. For more information, read extensive coverage as reported in the Altoona Mirror.

The case is riddled with complications and questions. For instance, basic facts of the case are disputed, including:

  • Did one or both police officers participate in the alleged assault?
  • Did the first alleged victim encounter the allegedly assaulted woman at all prior to the alleged assault in the bathroom?
  • Did the police officers involved try to cover up the alleged incident as prosecutors claim?
  • Did the first male alleged assault victim lie to a grand jury about the alleged sexual assault?

Lawyer Roger Laguna of Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, has waded into a very complicated case and is casting serious doubt on the allegations. For instance, he pointed out that neither of the prosecution’s key witnesses claims to have observed his client strike either alleged assault victim.

Mr. Laguna is a former police officer well equipped to handle this complex case and others. If you have been charged with a crime in Harrisburg or anywhere in central Pennsylvania, contact Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, for experienced legal assistance. Call 717-233-5292.

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