Sex Crimes Attorney in NJ
Crimes of a sexual nature are taken extremely seriously in New Jersey and also carry with them a highly negative social stigma. In addition to defendants facing criminal charges, court cases, and the potential penalties, sex crimes are often highly publicized and the accusation alone can quickly destroy a person’s reputation, even if they are never convicted. If you have been charged with a sex crime, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows how to handle sex-related cases in New Jersey. Attorney Ronald Brandmayr can not only help defend against charges but can also help you mitigate the damage the allegations have on your life.
Sexual Assault Charges
Sexual assault is the term used for “rape” in New Jersey and refers to an act of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse when they do not consent to it. In addition, you can be charged with sexual assault if the other person did not have the mental capacity to consent (e.g. they are unconscious or severely intoxicated) or in cases of statutory rape, which depends on the age of the alleged victim. It is important to note that sexual assault can occur whether the defendant and the alleged victim were strangers, friends, in a romantic relationship, or even married.
In addition, sexual assault charges and penalties may be increased if the prosecution believes there are aggravating factors that existed. Some reasons why a prosecutor may file charges of aggravated sexual assault include if they believed any of the following:
- The victim sustained severe personal injuries during the offense.
- The defendant used or possessed a deadly weapon.
- One or more people were also involved in the sexual assault.
- The defendant should have known or actually knew that the victim was unable to understand what was happening or to consent due to a physical or mental condition.
- The sexual assault occurred as part of a kidnapping, robbery, or another crime.
- The alleged victim was under the age of 13.
- The alleged victim was age 13-15 and the defendant was a family member, teacher, or another authority figure.
Sexual assault is only one of many different sex crimes in NJ and other crimes include sexual abuse, child pornography, computer crimes, indecent exposure, prostitution, and many more.
Consequences of Sex Crimes
Crimes involving sexual acts are punished harshly in New Jersey. For example, sexual assault can be charged as a crime in the 2nd degree with a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a $150,000 fine. For aggravated sexual assault, the sentence can increase to 20 years behind bars and a fine of $200,000. The penalties for other sex-related charges can vary widely depending on the nature and severity of the offense and the identity of the alleged victim.
In addition to court-ordered penalties such as long-term imprisonment and costly fines, there are many additional consequences of sexually-related convictions. Some of these include disqualification from certain jobs, a ruined reputation in the community, and the requirement that you register as a sex offender. Sex offender registration is required under Megan’s Law and can have a serious effect on your life. If you must register, your personal information will be available to the public on the Internet including your name, address, criminal convictions, date of birth, photo, and more. Having this information widely available can affect all of your personal and professional relationships.
Defense for Sexual Offenses
As with any other type of criminal case, there are several ways to defend against allegations of sexual assault or other sex crimes. Some of the most common defenses include:
- The alleged victim consented to the sexual contact, assuming they were old enough to consent and mentally capable of consenting.
- Another person committed the assault, which can often be indicated by physical evidence such as DNA.
- The victim had a motive to make false allegations.
Call for a Consultation with a New Jersey Sex Crimes Attorney Today
Experienced sex crimes defense lawyer Ronald Brandmayr knows how to thoroughly evaluate your case to identify which legal defenses may be relevant in your case. He recognizes how serious sexual offense charges can be and will take every step needed to help you mitigate the consequences both in and out of the courtroom. Sex crime cases can be very personal and can be complicated since it often involves the accuser’s word against yours. You should have the highest quality of assistance, so please call the Law Offices of Ronald J. Brandmayr, Jr. at 732-409-5195 as soon as possible.