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Sex Crimes Lawyer Ewing, NJ

Aggressive New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps Clients Avoid Sex Crime Conviction in Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, and Burlington County, NJ

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Hamilton, Princeton, Robbinsville, East Windsor, or somewhere else in New Jersey, an experienced criminal defense attorney is not a luxury or merely an option—it is a necessity. Conviction for a sex crime can destroy your personal relationships and your professional reputation, and it can result in permanent, life-altering consequences. Even being accused of a sex crime is traumatic and embarrassing, which is why you need the best possible attorney on your side to vigorously advocate against conviction. It is important to understand that there is no such thing as a “minor” sex crime—each and every accusation must be taken with the utmost seriousness and will require the assistance of a reputable criminal defense attorney

I have over a decade of experience as an Ewing sex crimes lawyer who builds strong defenses to help my clients avoid conviction in sex crime cases wherever possible, and I have a reputation for providing personal attention and a compassionate defense to each one of my clients, regardless of the charge. I work tirelessly to formulate a strong and tactical defense in ever case, and I am known as an attorney who thinks outside the box to craft the strongest possible defense strategy. My former clients themselves can attest to my determination and relentlessness in defending against all types of criminal charges, including sex offense charges in Trenton, Princeton, West Windsor, Robbinsville, and everywhere else in NJ. I have been recognized with a perfect 10 AVVO rating for exceptional legal services in New Jersey.

Trenton Criminal Defense Attorney Lauren Scardella Understands the Severe Punishment Attached to All Sex Crimes in New Jersey

A sex crime in New Jersey is generally defined to encompass any unwanted form of sexual contact, and includes much more than charges of rape. Sex crimes can include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Criminal sexual contact
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Lewdness
  • Prostitution
  • Promoting prostitution
  • Solicitation
  • Child pornography possession & distribution
  • Internet sex crimes
  • Sexting
  • Enticing
  • Luring
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Megan’s Law violations

The following are some explanations of the various sex crimes that can be brought in New Jersey, as well as the potential penalties that can attach.

Sexual Assault: N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2 governs sexual assault charges that are treated as second degree offenses, which can include sexual penetration in the following circumstances:

  • Physical force or coercion is used, if the victim is not seriously injured.
  • Circumstances where the victim is on probation or parole, or the accused has some sort of supervisory relationship to the victim.
  • The victim is at least 16 but younger than 18 if the accused is related to the victim, or has some sort of supervisory or family relationship with the victim.
  • The victim is at least 13 but younger than 16 and the accused is at least four years older than the victim.

Aggravated sexual assault is a more severe first degree crime that can result in up to life in prison, and includes situations where the victim is under 13 years old, the victim is between 13 and 16, and certain types of familial or supervisor relationship exists, or where the accused is armed with a weapon or aided by another person.

Criminal sexual contact and aggravated criminal sexual contact are crimes that allege sexual contact under certain enumerated circumstances, but not penetration. These crimes are third or fourth degree crimes, depending upon the circumstances.

“Lewdness” under N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4 is a crime that can involve an individual exposing his or her intimate parts in certain circumstances. Lewdness can also be treated as a disorderly persons offense if the individual commits a lewd or flagrantly offensive act that he or she knows may be observed by nonconsenting individuals who would be affronted or alarmed.

Retain a Knowledgeable East Windsor Sex Crimes Attorney to Craft Your Defense Strategy

Conviction of a sex crime in Hamilton, New Jersey can result in substantial jail time and monetary fines, and it can also require the convicted individual to register as a sex offender in a publicly available database under Megan’s Law. The punishment for a sex crime can be daunting, but an experienced NJ criminal defense attorney can evaluate your case to lay out your potential options to fight the charges and avoid the most severe penalties.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Robbinsville Sex Crimes Attorney

I defend against all types of sex crime accusations with the consistent goal of clearing your name whenever possible. Contact my Hamilton office as soon as you have been arrested for, or accused of, committing a sex crime so that I can begin the process of formulating your defense. I provide a free initial consultation to all of my clients, so contact my office at 609-587-1144, or fill out this online form. Our office is located at 2653 Nottingham Way STE 1, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sex Crime Charges in New Jersey

Will I always go to jail if convicted of a sex crime?

Not necessarily. Certain sex crimes, such as lewdness, are treated as disorderly persons offenses where jail time is possible but not particularly likely, unless you are a repeat offender.

What is Megan’s Law?

Megan’s Law is the law that requires convicted sex offenders to register with a public sex offender database. The individual will be required to provide their name, address, and photo, and they will be required to re-register when moving or otherwise changing addresses.

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