What does offense free for fifteen years mean?

The Courts just recently decided this issue once and for-all. In New Jersey, the individual must remain offense free for at least fifteen years following his date of conviction or date of their release from confinement, which ever is later before they can seek to petition the Court. Also, the individual must be offense free from the date of their conviction. For example, if an individual got convicted of a crime five years after their date of conviction for the crime that placed them on Megan’s Law, they will forever be barred from seeking relief. In other words, the “clock” does not simply restart.