IN THE MATTER OF REGISTRANT J.S. A-3541-14T1On the State's appeal, we interpret N.J.S.A. 2C:7-2(f), which allows termination from the registration requirements of the Registration and Community Notification Law, N.J.S.A. 2C:7-1 to -11, also known as Megan's Law, and the related requirements for Community Supervision for Life "upon proof that the person has not committed an offense within 15 years following conviction." The judge adopted petitioner's position he was "convicted" on January 14, 2000, the date he entered his guilty plea. The State disagreed and asserted petitioner was "convicted" on November 13, 2000, the date the judgment of conviction was imposed.
Following our review, we reverse and conclude the import of the statutory language requires, as a prerequisite for requesting termination from the registration requirements, an offender demonstrate a fifteen-year period of being offense-free and Megan's Law compliant, following the date the judgment of conviction is issued.