Fighting for the rights of clients accused of sex crimes in NJ

Being charged with a sex crime is a major offense. The definition of a sex crime, sexual assault, the degrees of severity, and the penalties of being convicted are generally the same across the United States. New Jersey is aggressive towards those charged with a sex crime and speaking to an experienced attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. is in your best interest. Our criminal law attorneys can guide you through New Jersey sex crime laws while making sure your rights are protected as the defendant.

What constitutes a sex crime?

New Jersey considers sexual assault a crime of the second degree.  Sexual assault has replaced the term rape in order to allow a broader definition. Sexual assault carries a minimum of five years and up to 10 years. The state of New Jersey defines sexual assault as:

  • Any sexual contact when the victim is under the age of 13 and the perpetrator is over 17 years of age;
  • Sexual conduct with someone under your control, like a prison inmate;
  • Sexual penetration when using physical force without injury;
  • Sexual contact with a family member between the age of 16 and 18 or you have control over them; or
  • The victim is between 13 and 16 and you are four years older.

What is aggravated assault?

Aggravated assault is a more serious crime. It is a crime of the first degree that carries a possible penalty of twenty years in prison. New Jersey defines aggravated assault as:

  • Sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13 or between the ages of 13 and 16 and you are a family member or other authority figure;
  • Any sexual assault in conjunction with another crime (murder, robbery, etc.);
  • A victim is sexually assaulted with a weapon;
  • Another person assists in the sexual assault; or
  • The victim is incapacitated or handicapped.

Megan’s Law introduced

If you have been convicted of a sex crime in New Jersey, you will be prosecuted under Megan’s Law. It is a penalty that’s imposed on crimes of a sexual nature. It entails a registry of sexual offenders with the purpose of identifying and alerting the public when necessary. An array of sex crimes will impose Megan’s law on the convicted. More

Contact a sex crime Law Firm in New Jersey

Contact our firm to discuss your case. The mere accusation of a sex crime can alienate you from friends and loved ones. The stigma can last a lifetime. If convicted, you are facing a hard road with many obstacles. Being accused of a sex crime is a grave situation, but hope is not lost. Contact Keith Hirschorn, P.C. for a consultation.