Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship.The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.However, in order for a retroactive law to violate the ex post facto clause, the legal consequence that is changed retroactively must be "punitive" (i.e., considered to be punishment), as opposed to civil, remedial, or a collateral consequence.Some examples of collateral consequences include loss of the right to vote, enlist in the armed services, or own a firearm.The purpose of this article is to educate you all about why these new laws may or may not ultimately be determined to be illegal.The United States Constitution, as well as the Pennsylvania Constitution, contain clauses that prevent legal consequences from being changed retroactively. “You disipline him when he fails to live up to his responsibilities! Should there not be repercussions for that action as there are with him?
Some would say you are a bad mother for even considering soanking a defeness child! If you will be negatively affected by these new laws, we suggest that you contact the Pennsylvania chapter of RSOL (reform sex offender laws) to join the fight, and/or contact the Pennsylvania ACLU to learn about any current appeals that may be planned. Shrager in Pittsburgh, PA have been successful in precluding Megan's Law registration in some cases.