A New Jersey sex crime conviction can ruin your life. Not only are you facing decades in prison, but once you are released you will be ordered to live under extreme conditions. If convicted of a New Jersey sex crime you will have to register as a sex offender & you will receive parole supervision for life. The judge will order that you be cut off from using a smart-phone, accessing the internet, and perhaps prohibit you from being around children. We strongly urge you to retain a sex crime lawyer for these types of charges. The consequences can be devastating & cannot be undone.
A sex crime can fall into one of two categories. You can be accused of committing a sex crime against an – 1) adult or against a 2) minor. The penalties & legal defenses are different in each case.
For example, if your sex crime case involves an adult, you may be able to assert the “consent” defense. The consent defense is straightforward and doesn’t require much explanation. Very simply, it means that you did indeed engage in sexual activity with another adult but each person was in agreement. If your sex crime charges involve an adult & you assert the consent defense, the evidence at trial must prove that consent was not given.
This is not true if your sex crime charges involve a minor. When the victim in a sex crime case is minor, the “consent” defense is not available. It is irrelevant whether or not the minor consented to the sexual activity. Even if you have a ton of evidence showing that the minor was in full agreement to engage in sexual activity with you, this evidence never makes it to trial.
A sex crime with a minor is commonly referred to as statutory rape. More on this subject later on.
A sex crime involving an adult is an indictable offense. These charges cases carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. Prosecutors across New Jersey consider these crimes to be heinous & aggressively pursue maximum punishment.
An example of a heinous sex crime is aggravated sexual assault. This is the term we use in New Jersey for rape. However, this type of sex crime includes serious bodily injury to the victim. For example, during the commission of the sex crime, the victim struggled and suffered a broken nose or black eye.
You may be charged with a single sex crime charge or multiple charges.
Your criminal charges could fall under any of the following:
Statutory rape cases involve sexual conduct between an adult & a minor. Even if the minor consents, the “consent defense” is not available. Under NJ law, a 15-year old is considered to not be capable of consenting to sexual activity.
You will be charged with statutory rape under any of the following:
A sex crime charge has the potential to devastate your life. These types of charges will land you and prison & leave you with a criminal record. To make matters worse, a sex crime allegation will cause “social abuse” when your name and mug shot get published online & local newspapers. Your circle of friends will judge you for being accused of a sex crime. Your community will perceive you as a sexual predator. If you ever needed to prepare for a fight, it is when you’re facing a sex crime charge.
As you will read below, a sex crime conviction carries not only a mandatory prison sentence, but the judge must impose certain penalties. As you will read below, a sex crime conviction carries not only a mandatory prison sentence, but the judge must impose certain penalties. Since society will consider you to be a sexual predator, New Jersey law requires that upon your conviction, you must register as a sex offender.
For example, a first-degree sex crime carries a ten-year mandatory minimum prison sentence.
Things get worse depending on the type of sex crime. If your charges involve a minor, then the NJ Megan’s law will apply & the judge will sentence you as a “sex offender”.
Under the No Early Release Act (NERA), you must serve 85% of your sentence. Upon release, the judge will impose Parole Supervision for Life.
When facing a sex crime charge, you need to understand the penalties you face. If you’re facing a sex crime charge in New Jersey, you may not be offered a plea deal. Prosecutors are under no obligation to offer you any sort of plea deal. In fact, they could demand that you plead guilty to all charges and still receive the maximum prison term. The penalties range according to the NJ crime degree your facing.
Presumption of Incarceration
10 + years
5 – 10 years
Up to 18 months
Sex crime cases are “fact-sensitive”. This means that no two situations are alike. A tiny detail could mean the difference between your freedom and a twenty-year prison sentence. When you hire our sex crime lawyers, we know which facts have a “legal significance”. After understanding your side of the story & reviewing the evidence against you, we build a strategic defense for you.
Legal defenses to a sex crime charge include:
Your legal defense will vary depending on the facts of your case. In some instances, you may only have one defense available while in other situations we use a combination.
As you have read, a sex crime charge carries serious consequences. If you have been charged or are under investigation for a sex crime, we have a few pieces of advice.
There are 3 important things you must do when charged with a sex crime:
You or a loved one have been arrested. Understandably, you are terrified & have a lot of questions. You’ve heard about plea bargains & probation, but the process is overwhelming. You want a local attorney near you to represent you.
Mr. Peyrouton is from Ridgewood & handles all types of criminal matters in New Jersey complex as well as nearby cities. The New Jersey Law Journal recently published one of his articles on the subject of criminal law.
Regardless of the criminal charges you are facing, we are here to defend & protect you. Whether you are facing a restraining order, drug charge, theft charge, or aggravated assault charge, we are here to help you. Even a DWI case can really complicate your life.
If we can’t get your charges dismissed, we can either get them downgraded or place you in a diversionary program. The point is, our criminal defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to get you the best result possible. Take advantage of our free consultation to see how we can help.
There are plenty of excellent Hackensack criminal lawyers in our area. Most, if not all of them, offer free, 20-minute, consultations. However, our free consultations do not have a time limit. You will never feel rushed.
The best way for us to help you is to patiently listen to your side of the story. Your version of events will serve as the basis for your legal defense. It is during these initial meetings that your memory of the event is fresh in your mind. Why we would rush you during such an important aspect of your case.
We understand that your choice of attorney could mean the difference between your freedom and spending years behind bars.
When you hire an attorney, you are entering a long-term relationship. For this reason, it is important that you feel comfortable with the team of Hackensack criminal lawyers that will represent you.
a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;
b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;
c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;
d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;
e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;
f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or
g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.
***It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.
Reasonable suspicion is a “search” standard that applies in criminal law.
When a police officer conducts a warrantless search, and does not have probable cause to justify the search, the courts look to see if the police had
a “reasonable & articulable suspicion” for the search.
A mere “hunch” is not enough.
In other words, a police officer has to provide an acceptable explanation for the search.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.
b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.
c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions