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Accused of Sex Offense in NJ?
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New Jersey Sex Crime Attorney

A sex crime conviction can devastate your life — potentially resulting in jail time, a criminal record, and a lifetime of stigma as a registered sex offender.

If you’ve been accused of a sex offense in New Jersey, it’s essential to seek the guidance of an experienced New Jersey sex crime defense lawyer. An attorney with knowledge of the state’s complex criminal justice system and the laws governing sex crimes can help you build a strong defense strategy and protect your rights.

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Types of Sex Crime Cases Our Law Firm Handles

At Peyrouton Law, we are dedicated to providing strong and effective representation for individuals facing sex crime charges in New Jersey.

Our law office handles a wide range of cases in criminal courts, including:

Sex Crime Penalties in New Jersey

In New Jersey, sex crime convictions carry penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment. Punishments depend on a range of factors, including:

For example, the law classifies sexual assault as a second-degree indictable offense. A conviction may result in a 5–10 year prison sentence and a fine of up to $150,000. A conviction for an aggravated sexual assault is considered a more serious first-degree crime and can carry a 10–20 prison sentence and a fine of up to $200,000.

On the other end of the spectrum, less serious sex crime convictions for criminal sexual contact and lewdness have penalties ranging from 6–18 months in prison and fines up to $10,000. But even less severe sex crime convictions may require an individual to register as a sex offender in New Jersey and submit to community supervision for life.

Criminal Sentences

Under New Jersey Law:

Sex Offender Registration

If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in New Jersey, you may be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.

Being on the sex offender registry can have severe consequences, including limitations on where you can live and work. For example, many housing communities have restrictions against allowing registered sex offenders to live there, making it difficult to find a place to call home. 

No matter how serious the charges of the sex crimes offenses you face, Peyrouton Law understands the severity of the potential consequences.

We have successfully defended countless clients facing sex offense charges and will fight to achieve the best outcome in your case.

Contact our law office today to schedule your a free case evaluation.

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Attorney Alan G. Peyrouton
Alan Peyrouton is a top-rated criminal defense lawyer based in Hackensack, New Jersey. The founding partner of Peyrouton Law, he defends clients accused of crimes in Bergen County and throughout Northern New Jersey. Whether handling the most complicated or routine cases — Mr. Peyrouton consistently receives five-star reviews from satisfied clients, reflecting his unwavering dedication to his profession.

How Peyrouton Law Can Help You Fight NJ Sex Crime Charges

We understand that sex crime accusations can be stressful and embarrassing, and we will handle your case with the utmost discretion.

As we guide you through this complicated process, our legal team is here to answer your questions and provide the support you need. And when you hire Peyrouton Law, we will immediately get to work on the following:

We will do our due diligence to uncover any evidence that supports your case.

We will find experts to cast doubt upon any of the prosecution’s claims that could hurt your case.

If appropriate, we will negotiate a plea deal that involves reduced or dropped charges and minimal penalties.

f a conviction is unavoidable, we can work out an agreement with the prosecutor to minimize the impact of the charges on your life.

If it’s in your best interest, we will take your case to trial and fight for a not-guilty verdict.

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No matter how complex or basic your case may be, we are here to protect your rights and fight for the best possible outcome.

And when you hire the Peyrouton Law firm, you will always get:

To schedule your free case evaluation with Alan Peyrouton, call our law office today at (201) 686-9538 or

Challenging the Prosecution’s Case

At Peyrouton Law, we will scrutinize every detail of evidence to identify defense opportunities. We will find any reasonable doubt or inconsistencies in the prosecution’s claims and build a solid defense to give you the highest chance of success.

Our comprehensive knowledge of New Jersey law and extensive courtroom experience will give you peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Common Defense Strategies

With sex offense cases, no two situations — or outcomes — are the same. A single detail can mean a difference between freedom and a lengthy prison sentence. That’s why you need an experienced lawyer who understands which facts have “legal significance.”

We will use our extensive legal knowledge to develop defense strategies that can most effectively counter the prosecution’s claims against you. 

Some of the common strategies we use in sex crime cases include the following:

Alternatives to Jail Time

Sometimes, the evidence against you may be too strong to achieve an acquittal. In these cases, a skilled defense lawyer may negotiate for alternative sentences, such as probation or a diversionary program, to keep you out of jail. 

Each case is unique, so it’s essential to have a lawyer who knows how to negotiate with the prosecutor’s office to find ways to limit your potential jail time.

The Role of Consent in Sex Crime Cases

If you’ve been accused of sexual assault or other sex crimes, the role of consent between you and the alleged victim will likely be a crucial factor in the outcome of your case.

Your lawyer will examine the evidence and any relevant witness testimony to determine whether consent was present.

What is Considered Statutory Rape in New Jersey?

Statutory rape cases involve sexual conduct between an adult and a minor. Even if the minor consents to sexual acts, the “consent defense” might be unavailable to you.

While the legal age of consent in New Jersey is 16 — a 19-year-old accused of having sex with a 15-year-old can be charged with criminal sexual contact.

Depending on the details of your case, you may be charged with sexual assault.

What is Aggravated Sexual Assault?

And under New Jersey law, anyone, regardless of age, who has penetrative sex with someone younger than 13 may be charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Long-Term Impact of a Sex Crime Conviction

Beyond the potential penalties of jail time and prison, if you are convicted of a sex offense in New Jersey, you must register as a convicted sex offender with New Jersey Sex Offender Registry. 

Because the registry is available online for public viewing, additional potential consequences of sex crimes convictions can include:

To give yourself a fighting chance of avoiding the potential long-term consequences of a conviction, hiring a knowledgeable sex crime defense lawyer is vital.

Contact Peyrouton Law today. We are here to help you every step of the way.

NJ Criminal Justice System Basics

Because New Jersey’s criminal justice system takes sex offense cases extremely seriously — most adult sex offender cases in the state are classified as indictable offenses. That means New Jersey Superior Court will prosecute your case.

Here’s an overview of what you should expect in each stage:

Pretrial Procedures & Hearings

If you are charged with a crime in New Jersey, you must appear at an arraignment hearing before a judge. You would then enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. 

Following the arraignment, other types of hearings may be scheduled, such as suppression hearings or status conferences. During a suppression hearing, your lawyer can challenge the prosecutor’s office on the admissibility of specific evidence by filing motions.

The Trial

If you go to trial for a sex crime — you will have the right to a jury trial. During the trial, your lawyer would present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. If you are convicted at trial — a sentencing hearing will take place.

Sentencing & Appeal

Your sentence will depend on the severity of your charges and any aggravating factors (bad for you) or mitigating factors (good for you) that apply to your case.

In New Jersey, penalties for sex offenses range from probation and community service to decades of imprisonment. You may have the right to appeal your conviction — and your lawyer can guide you on this option.

Choosing a New Jersey Sex Crime Attorney

Choosing the right legal representation is a critical decision that can make all the difference in protecting your life and future. With an experienced criminal defense team, you have greater chances of being acquitted or receiving probation instead of facing years behind bars.

7 Questions to Ask Prospective Criminal Defense Attorneys

When you’re interviewing prospective lawyers to represent you, consider asking:

That last question is critical because large law firms have multiple criminal defense attorneys on staff. So get confirmation that the lawyer you talk to during your initial consultation will be the one assigned to handle your case.

And when choosing a New Jersey sex crimes attorney, remember that you are hiring this person to defend your freedom and future. If you don’t feel 100% comfortable with them — move on!

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

We understand that being arrested for sex crimes is a stressful and serious matter. The Peyrouton law office is here to provide compassionate support and knowledgeable legal guidance to help you overcome this ordeal.

To schedule a confidential and free case evaluation, contact us online or call (201) 686-9538.

With attorney Alan Peyrouton handling legal representation for your sex crime case, you can be confident that we will fight to protect your rights every step of the way!

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FAQs About New Jersey Sex Crimes

Yes, juvenile sex offenders can be charged with sex crimes in New Jersey and may face penalties such as imprisonment and fines. And under Megan’s Law, juveniles convicted of sex crimes are, like their adult counterparts, required to register as sex offenders.

In New Jersey, sex crime convictions cannot be expunged from your record. You may, however, be able to expunge other crimes, but it’s wise to consult with a sex crimes lawyer to determine if your specific case is eligible for expungement. Also, remember that if you were charged with a crime but not convicted — those charges might be eligible for expungement.

The cost of hiring a New Jersey sex crimes attorney varies depending on the law firm and the complexity of your case. Most sex crimes lawyers offer free consultations, so you can ask what their fees will be. Before hiring an attorney, ask about payment options and any additional costs associated with the case.

Most defense attorneys will answer this question with a decisive “no.” But here’s another way to look at it. If you want to increase your odds of being found guilty and receiving the harshest possible penalties from your sex crimes case, then representing yourself is a good idea. However, if you want the best chance of obtaining a dismissal or reduced charges — you should hire an experienced New Jersey sex crimes lawyer.

What Our Clients Say About the Peyrouton Law Firm

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Alysa Melero
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Makes a great confidant argument,and is such a comfort to have on our side!
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Haitian Bokor Leonard Elmera
This guy deserves 10 stars he works and is assertive. He is a heavy weight champ in the court room BEST LAWYER EVER he worked on my girlfriend’s case and got a her a victory. He is very meticulous and orderly in his defense. This guy is outstanding. 🥊 BEST LAWYER EVER !
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MetalBabe87 Metal High Priestess
I hired Al, for a Domestic Violence Situation. In the court system. He was beyond helpful. Very open and receptive. Communication was absolute key with him. He kept me in the know every email every text message. Communication was on point!He was and is very passionate. Leads with integrity boldness and truth. I have never seen so much tenacity in person. He was beyond helpful - explaining situations in the court system that I should expect.I highly recommend him. I will recommend him to any of my clients as well. He is absolutely excellent and straightforward. Definitely pushes the envelope and applies the pressure as a true lawyer should.Once again, I will absolutely recommend him for any cases in the future. An absolutely recommend him to friends and family. I hope to work with him again under better circumstances.Thank you so much - for your patience, guidance and help. You have been absolutely wonderful to work with.
Yvette Bariffe
Yvette Bariffe
Navigating the criminal justice system can be a daunting and intimidating experience. However, Peyrouton Law demonstrates an exceptional ability to guide clients through this complex world with the utmost professionalism. The firm embodies a comprehensive combination of knowledge, experience, tenacity, and effective representation. When my 22-year-old son, who resides in Chicago but works in New Jersey, inadvertently neglected to place his legally registered firearm in his checked luggage, he found himself facing arrest. As a mother residing in Chicago, I was overwhelmed with fear and uncertainty, being unfamiliar with New Jersey's criminal justice system. Upon reaching out to Peyrouton Law, they diligently represented my son throughout his legal challenge, alleviating my anxiety and providing much-needed reassurance. I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this exceptional law firm.
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I am very pleased with the choice I made, when I choose Peyrouton Law Firm. Allan is such a great person and listens to you carefully and applied pressure to your case.
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