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State v. Watson

December 15, 2008

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
JAMES WATSON, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Monmouth County, Indictment No. 04-01-0180.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted November 19, 2008

Before Judges Fisher and Baxter.

Defendant James Watson appeals from a July 27, 2007 order that denied his first petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). We affirm.

I.

On May 24, 2005, defendant entered a negotiated plea of guilty to two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, as amended from the original second-degree charges. During the plea proceedings, the prosecutor explained that in return for defendant's plea of guilty, the State would recommend a sentence of non-custodial probation with a requirement of both Megan's Law registration and community supervision for life (CSL).

Under oath, defendant supplied a factual basis for his pleas of guilty to the two counts. The judge questioned defendant concerning his understanding of Megan's Law as follows:

Q: You understand that this plea, despite the fact that you will not be sent to jail, . . . has serious ramifications in terms of Megan's Law?

A: I do.

Q: The next form is entitled Additional Questions For Certain Sexual Offenses. Do you understand that because of the nature of this offense, you have to register with the chief law enforcement officer in the municipality wherein you live? Do you understand that?

A: Yes, I do, Your Honor.

Q: Alright. And if you switch your address, you have to . . . let them know you are moving from one town to ...


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